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Herb Alpert

One of the most successful instrumental performers in pop history, trumpeter Herb Alpert was also one of the entertainment industry's shrewdest businessmen: A&M, the label he co-founded with partner Jerry Moss, ranks among the most prosperous artist-owned companies ever established. Born March 31, 1935, in Los Angeles, Alpert began playing the trumpet at the age of eight. After serving in the Army, he attempted to forge an acting career, but soon returned to music, recording under the name Dore Alpert for RCA.

With Lou Adler, Alpert co-wrote a number of Sam Cooke's most enduring hits, including "Wonderful World" and "Only Sixteen." Under the name Dante & the Evergreens, he and Adler also recorded a cover of the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop"; additionally, Alpert produced tracks for the surf duo Jan & Dean. In 1962 he teamed with Moss to found A&M Records, scoring a Top Ten hit with the single "The Lonely Bull."

From its humble origins as a company run out of Alpert's garage, A&M grew to become the world's biggest independent label; among its greatest successes were the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, and Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66. Nevertheless, Alpert and his backing unit, the Tijuana Brass, remained the label's flagship act: on the strength of the hit "A Taste of Honey," his 1965 LP Whipped Cream and Other Delights topped the charts, popularizing his Latin-influenced style (dubbed "Ameriachi"). The follow-up, 1965's Going Places, also hit number one, launching the hit "Spanish Flea."

After 1966's What Now My Love -- his most popular effort, remaining at number one for nine weeks -- Alpert continued to dominate the charts with records including 1966's S.R.O. and the following year's Sounds Like and Herb Alpert's Ninth. In 1968, he scored his first number one single by taking a rare vocal turn on a rendition of Burt Bacharach's "This Guy's in Love with You"; the album Beat of the Brass followed the hit to the top of the charts, becoming Alpert's fifth and final number one LP.

Released in 1969, Warm was the first of Alpert's 11 albums not to crack the Top 20; by 1971's Summertime, his commercial fates had fallen to the point where he no longer reached the Top 100. As A&M continued to thrive, he moved his primary focus from music to industry, although he regularly recorded throughout the early '70s; 1974's You Smile -- The Song Begins was his most successful outing in several years, but subsequent releases like 1975's Coney Island and 1976's Just You and Me met with greater chart resistance.

In 1979, Alpert staged a major comeback with Rise; not only did the album reach the Top Ten, but the title track topped the singles charts and became the biggest hit of his career. The follow-up, 1980's Beyond, was a Top 40 success, but subsequent efforts like 1982's Fandango and 1985's Wild Romance fared poorly. In 1987 Alpert enjoyed another renaissance with the album Keep Your Eye on Me; the lead single "Diamonds" hit the Top Five and featured a guest vocal from Janet Jackson, one of A&M's towering successes of the late '80s.

Alpert continued recording throughout the 1990s, producing work like 1991's North on South Street, 1992's Midnight Sun, and 1997's Passion Dance. After selling A&M to PolyGram in 1990 for a sum in excess of $500 million, he and Moss founded a new label, Almo Sounds, in 1994; among the imprint's hit artists was the group Garbage. His own albums, including 1997's Passion Dance and 1999's Colors, were also released on the label. Alpert also tackled other forms of media, exhibiting his abstract expressionist paintings and co-producing a number of Broadway successes, including Angels in America and Jelly's Last Jam. He also established The Herb Alpert Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to establishing educational, arts, and environmental programs for children.

In 2007, Alpert and his wife, former Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 vocalist Lani Hall, began regularly touring and recording together, releasing 2009's Anything Goes and 2011's I Feel You. The albums found the duo touching upon various aspects of their careers, including jazz standards, Brazilian and Latin music, pop songs, and reworkings of classic hits. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012.

In 2013, Alpert and Hall released the third of these albums, Steppin' Out, which also featured keyboardist Jeff Lorber; the album won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental album in January of 2014. In September, Alpert issued In the Mood, a collection of standards and originals. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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stanthemck
Saw Herb, Lani, and their group at Jazz Alley in Seattle Nov. 2014. What a performance! They still have it and what a flood of memories that attach themselves to his early songs. You can just see the joy they bring to the audience.
One word-*TIMELE S S * l o v e his music....
I have always loved that song!
Grew up listening to him back in the late 60s and early 70s on my Mom's favorite radio station when I was knee high to a duck.
One of the best........ . . . . . .
Meant To Say And I Like Herb Alpert !!!!
Im African American Now 54 Year's Old I Sure Remember Herb Alpert Because My Mother Had Every One Of His Album 's I Never Liked Jazz Back Then But Mother Loved It Today Shes 75 Year's And Because Of My Mother Playing Jazz Back During Those Day's I Like Jazz Today And U Still Like Herb Alpert My Mother And Him Are Born The Same Year Thanks Pandora For Letting Me Hear This Song By Herb Alpert !!!!!
tuliom92
vengo con el desde los sesentas
maudieqarhxd c 9 8
I love this type of music. Wow it sounds so relaxing.
maudieqarhxd c 9 8
This is probably my favorite artist.
maudieqarhxd c 9 8
I love this type of music. Wow it sounds so relaxing.
maudieqarhxd c 9 8
I love this type of music. Wow it sounds so relaxing.
momlady11
wow love the trumpets - take me back!
love it love it.
Amazing musician, shrew self made businessman & a great father. Go to the Vibrato Grill & Club in Los Angeles. His family runs this really nice restaurant/j a z z club. Herb plays there from time to time.
gardenofmone y
herb alpert, one of the baddest trumpet players of all time!
Love all of his music Thanx
always good
Awesome!
I'm Krazy 'bout the musicianship of this man and now he and his wife have a school dedicated to the music growth of children God bless him! Ima marry him too (LOL)
This guy played really wonderful music.
Beautiful song reminds me of my childhood and family parties in Mexico Leon Guanajuato.
leslie_marti n _ y
I love this song, and my sister is crazy about this guy and his band.
This music takes me back to my childhood and our family parties with live mariachis via my uncle's trio. What a beautiful era.
GREAT MEMORY AND LISTENING MUSIC; IT WILL LIVE FOREVER!.
Late 60s in my house was filled with my parents friends drinking their high-balls and listening to the Tijuana Brass...grea t memories...c o o l music.
He also signed a very young, but up and rising star in Gino Vannelli in 1972
Love the sound track "Street Life" great tune!
shempdog2002
Made my own greatest hits on CD and it's the most wonderful back ground music with dinner.
andresdehous t o n
A most amazing man and musician. Class act all the way around. I love to listen to Route 101 when I travel. Rise is great listening no matter where you are or what you are doing. A Taste of Honey always has been and always will be a masterpiece. Lord what I wouldn't give to see this type of genius come back into vogue. This man was an artist when you still needed to have talent to be considered an artist. His music still takes my breath away when I listen to it today and I suspect it always wil
Herb was and is a great inspiration in my own music. Fandango is on my 5 CD desert island list :) My life would be different without the music of Herb Alpert. I even taught myself trumpet as a kid by learning every single Tijuana Brass tune they put out! Even as a producer he's put out great music- check out Appasiondo with Stand Getz playing sax - super powerful sound.
rnbabydoll
I love his music!!!! this is my all time favorite song, Genius!!!!
gabesenior9
How not to like Herb after the many years that I have enjoyed his music?...Rem a r k a b l e , astonishing, fantabulous - that is what this is.
One of his best albums. 'rlschein3' has it down - not many more successful artists than Herbie. His music is still coherent, up-beat and timeless. Wat' a musagician! All you gotta do is listen to 'Rise' to realize that.
cnyberg0
The man has been my favorite since the sixties !
rlschein3
Not many people can reach the point of success like Herb Alpert has.
Before Disco..... we have this wonderful man with his great music... And RISE was a 33 on an album, but if you play on 45 speed... it ws a DISCO hit. I know cause I was a DJ in the DISCO days........ . and the A & M recording studio's were the old Charlie Chapman film studio's. They were really cool ... as a kid I went on tour of them. Again great man....
I was trying to find a copy of Alpert's and janet jackson's with lisa keith doing 'makin love in the rain'
dinesjazzpla c e
Genius,Geniu s , G E N I U S ! O n e of the most successful acts in pop music history! Not only one of the greatest trumpeters ever, but one of the greatest music label creators/exe c u t i v e s ever! thru his own A&M label, he discovered The Carpenters,G i n o Vannell,The Police, Supertramp, Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66(which featured his wife,Lani Hall)and so many others acts, I'd have to fill up a page! Thanx Herb for the great music, and I know there's more to come!
teresabaig
A tase of Honey is still the most frequestly played item on my iPhone - Best of the Best!
sdo035
The Greatest...
mateovirgi80
Saw him and Lani Hall this weekend. They are still superb. He did not disappoint nor did Lani.
bethbar77
I think that he's great. I enjoy his music very much so.
awesome music
sdo035
Fantastic!
i listen to his music with my dad and still want hear more of his music now
kittyco
Brings back a lot of memories...: ) Kitty.
WHERE HAS THIS MUSIC GONE???IT IS SO GOOD
Hi NEICY try WALL-MART you,ll be blown away with what they carry, and if they don,t have it they can order it fof you.
This is old school for me,i grew up listening to this. Can,t get enough.
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