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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameHerbert Alpert
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bandleader who had several big instrumental hits in 1960s with his band, the Tijuana Brass. First big hit was "The Lonely Bull" in 1963. He and the Brass followed that with other big hits like "Tijuana Taxi", "Spanish Flea" (familiar to some as "the Dating Game song"), "A Taste of Honey", and "Zorba the Greek". It wasn't until he decided to try a vocal that he finally hit #1 on the Billboard charts with "This Guy's in Love With You" in 1968. After the breakup of the Tijuana Brass, Alpert was out of the public eye until his comeback album, Rise, hit the charts in 1979. That album produced his first instrumental #1, "Rise". After several mediocre attempts after that, Alpert laid low and then resurfaced in 1987 with a more modern jazz/funk sound with "Keep Your Eye on Me".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Phil

Spouse (2)

Lani Hall (15 December 1974 - present) (1 child)
Sharon Mae Lubin (5 August 1956 - 30 March 1971) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (16)

Trumpeter/band leader who had numerous top-40 hits with his band, The Tijuana Brass.
His song "1980" from his album "Rise" was slated to be the theme song for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games until President Jimmy Carter declared an American boycott of those Olympics in protest of the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan.
Co-wrote "Wonderful World" and "Only Sixteen" for the late Sam Cooke.
Co-founder, with Jerry Moss, of A&M Records, which grew to become the world's largest independent record label. Among the artists that recorded on A&M included The Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Carole King and Sergio Mendes.
While attending the University of Southern California in the 1950s, he was a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band for 2 years.
Was a guest musician with Krist Novoselic's 1997 project "Sweet 75".
Only artist in history to hit #1 on the Billboard charts with both a vocal hit ("This Guy's in Love With You" in 1968) and an instrumental hit ("Rise" in 1979).
He & Jerry Moss sold A&M Records to PolyGram in 1989 for $500 million.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.
He was awarded the Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6929 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Co-founder, with Jim Moss, of Carnival Records (1961-62). After the label had been in existence for a year, they discovered that there was another record label named Carnival Records, so they changed their label's name to A&M Records.
During his brief brush with acting he shared a class with Leonard Nimoy under the tutelage of Jeff Corey.
Co-founded, with partner Jerry Moss, the record label Almo Sounds in 1994.
Because of his association with his early band, The Tijuana Brass, and his somewhat olive complexion, many people think he is Hispanic. In fact his parents are both Jewish, and his father was born in Russia.
Recorded his first hit, "The Lonely Bull", with members of the Wrecking Crew (the cream of Los Angeles studio musicians), who accepted scale pay as a favor to Alpert and the session's coordinator. After the record became a hit (earning Alpert a million dollars in royalties), he paid the musicians the balance of their session fees, and a fine to the Musicians Union.

Personal Quotes (5)

. . . there was a point with the Tijuana Brass where we were playing for such huge crowds that I kind of lost contact. At one point, the only connection I had with the audience was with people out there lighting cigarettes.
I never thought of myself as a trumpet player in the traditional sense: I never played in a big band . . . I didn't struggle the normal way.
I believe the best chance we have of creating responsible and productive kids is through the arts, and it has to be developed just like literacy.
[2013, on the music industry] Aw man, it's in serious trouble. The Internet has not been a big help. And looking back on it, I don't think we responded properly to the music-sharing program that was rampant and devastated the business. The record companies as they used to be? I think that's gone.
[on the suggestion that the Tijuana Brass style limited the scope of his career] I never felt limited. This might sound weird, man, but I never tried to make a hit record. I tried to make interesting records. I worked with Sam Cooke and Lou Adler and wrote a song, "A Wonderful World". Sam was a mentor and he said, "People are just listening to a cool piece of wax. And it either makes it or it doesn't. And it's not important what kind of echo chamber you're using. Or how much time you've spent in the studio practicing".

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