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Larry Ramos became the first Asian / Filipino American to win a Grammy Award in 1962. Hilario D. "Larry" Ramos Jr., of Filipino descent, was born and raised in Hawaii. In 1962, Larry Ramos joined The New Christy Minstrels, an American large-ensemble folk music group. Ramos provided backup vocals and played the banjo as well as other stringed instruments. The New Christy Minstrels recorded their debut album 'Presenting The New Christy Minstrels' on Columbia records. The album would win a Grammy Award in 1962 for Best Performance by a Chorus. Larry Ramos would later lead the pop band The Association.

GRAMMY FIRSTS is a music history series by TRAKTIVIST celebrating the first Asian Americans to win Grammy Awards. @recordingacademy

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