Everyone’s heard of A&M Records, well the A is master trumpet player, Herb Alpert, who along with Jerry Moss founded one of the dominant record labels of the Modern Era. Herb is the first artist to hit #1 on the Billboard chart for an instrumental (“Rise“) and vocals (“This Guy’s In Love With You“). He co-wrote a number of hit songs including Sam Cooke’s masterpiece, “Wonderful World“. In 1966, Herb and his band, the Tijuana Brass, went into the Guiness Book Of World Records for placing FIVE albums in the Top 20 at the same time, a feat that has never been duplicated.
Here’s a look back at some of Herb Alpert’s highlights including a brand new song and video for the 80’s classic by Taco, “Putting On The Ritz” which, of course, was a legendary cover of a jazz hall favorite. One of my favorite career highlights was his album, Keep Your Eye On Me, which featured production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and included two awesome Janet Jackson hits, Diamonds and Making Love In The Rain. “Rise” had life after 1979 as Biggy Smalls sampled the song on his massive rap hit, Hypnotize.
“PUTTING ON THE RITZ”
“THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU”