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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 '90s, 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 touring regularly 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. Also that year, Alpert released the electronic dance-infused project In the Mood. The following year, he returned with yet another stylistically varied collection of originals and cover songs, Come Fly with Me. In 2016, Alpert delivered his third album of electronic-tinged tracks, Human Nature. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Steppin' Out

1. Puttin' On The Ritz

2. Jacky's Place

3. Our Song

4. Green Lemonade

5. I Only Have Eyes For You

6. Good Morning Mr. Sunshine

7. Oblivion

8. What'll I Do?

9. Cote D'azur

10. La Vie En Rose

11. It's All In The Game

12. Europa

13. And The Angels Sing

14. Skylark

15. Migration

16. The Lonely Bull

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Track List: Keep Your Eye On Me

1. Keep Your Eye On Me

2. Hot Shot

3. Diamonds

4. Traffic Jam

5. Cat Man Do

6. Pillow

7. Our Song

8. Making Love In The Rain

9. Rocket To The Moon

10. Stranger On The Shore

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Track List: Fandango

1. Fandango

2. Margarita

3. Push And Pull

4. California Blues

5. Quiereme Tal Como Soy (Love Me The Way I Am)

6. Route 101

7. Coco Loco (La Guajira)

8. Aria

9. Angel

10. Sugerloaf

11. Latin Medley

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Track List: Rise

1. 1980

2. Rise

3. Behind The Rain

4. Rotation

5. Aranjuez (Mon Amour)

6. Love Is

7. Angelina

8. Street Life

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Track List: Chattanooga Choo Choo (Single)

1. Chattanooga Choo Choo

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Track List: Herb Alpert - Music To Watch Girls Go By

11. This Guy's In Love With You

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Track List: Human Nature

1. Human Nature

2. Shake It

3. Alfie

4. Thalia

5. Look Up Again

6. Incognito

7. Don't Go Breaking My Heart

8. Mystery Man

9. Doodles

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Track List: Puttin' On The Ritz (Single)

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Imagine Herb Albert, Miles Davis and Roy Ayers in Concert?? Awesome
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I grew up with this music and know I am 30 years old and still listening to it and I still love it
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dragonlady60 8 8
EXCELLANT
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Class
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megnathan--- - I am sorry, you are right. I was thinking of something else when I wrote it. Sorry about that.
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dragonlady60 8 8
HERB....U ARE #1
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mmills7933 - Herb Alpert did Rise - I have the album. Not sure if Mangioni did it first or covered it, but Alpert's version is the definitive hit.
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Hey cartones86- It was Chuck Mangioni that did Rise. But, I love Herb Albert as well.
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I listened to this music a a child. My mom played Herb Alpert's records at home all the time. Great music and a visionary businessman. How smart he was to start his own label.
Good job that he kept his life and music in order. Still beautiful music after all these years.
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I'm groovy-crazy - n u t s about him.
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So smooth
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Outstanding. ✨✨
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dragonlady60 8 8
Jazzy
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I love HERB and Sergio
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Awesome!!!!! ! T r u m p e t ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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...nice.He did some tracks with the steelpan...c a n ' t remember the name though...hey , I am from Trinidad and Tobago...
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The best of the best...heard this jam as a kid and i never forgot
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The man has a great sound, such talent!
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dragonlady60 8 8
I miss this music so much!!!!
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Lani hall bella voz
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? do u think about this 1
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"Rise" is the cut that introduced me to Herb Alpert. He has that signature sound on the trumpet. If the album "Passion Dance" can be added to the discography that would be awesome!
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love herb and sergio
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Rise - One of the best jams. Truly a completely loved album. Every song worth it's own salt.
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I've listened to tjb since I was 6 49yrs later I'm still listening all the best to you herb
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dragonlady60 8 8
Classy
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Love u always Herb
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Love love this
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Ty John
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My Fave btw herb
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Song with a swagger, real men song.
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love this guy
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One of my favorite songs of all times. A feel to it , can't describe.
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Cheryl Barnes has charted on the Mediabase Smooth Jazz list alongside Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and Herb Alpert. How cool is that? Her cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Come In From The Cold” has been scoring airplay across the country, catching the ears of listeners with her warmth and empathy in every line she sings. You can buy and listen to “Come in From the Cold” on iTunes here: http://bit.l y / C o m e I n F r o m T h e C o l d .
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LOVE THIS!!
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I LOVED
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How good is he!! Saw him in 2008, GREAT SHOW!! Myself being 50 I wish more old stuff but WOW what a GREAT artist. Come back to Vegas sooooon.
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The one artist that found his way into both my Dad's and my record collections! I will admit that the cover of Whipped Cream... was instrumental in my developing a taste (ahem) for his music! saw Herb & Loni in NYC in 2010-Wow: did the memories flow back!
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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.
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One word-*TIMELE S S * l o v e his music....
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I have always loved that song!
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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.
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One of the best........ . . . . . .
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Meant To Say And I Like Herb Alpert !!!!
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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 !!!!!
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vengo con el desde los sesentas
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I love this type of music. Wow it sounds so relaxing.
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This is probably my favorite artist.
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