His mother taught violin at a young age. His older brother David was a talented young drummer.
His mother taught violin at a young age. His older brother David was a talented young drummer. Acquiring an early wire recorder in high school, he experimented on this crude equipment. After graduating from Fairfax High School in , he joined the United States Army and frequently performed at military ceremonies. After his service in the Army, Alpert tried his hand at acting, but eventually settled on pursuing a career in music.
In , he appeared in the uncredited role as "Drummer on Mt. Sinai" in The Ten Commandments. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how and when to remove this template message Alpert set up a small recording studio in his garage and had been overdubbing a tune called "Twinkle Star", written by Sol Lake, who would eventually write many of the Brass's original tunes.
During a visit to Tijuana , Mexico , Alpert happened to hear a mariachi band while attending a bullfight. Following the experience, Alpert recalled that he was inspired to find a way to express musically what he felt while watching the wild responses of the crowd, and hearing the brass musicians introducing each new event with rousing fanfare. Originally the Tijuana Brass was just Alpert overdubbing his own trumpet, slightly out of sync.
For this album and subsequent releases, Alpert recorded with the group of L. Alpert used to tell his audiences that his group consisted of "Four lasagnas , two bagels , and an American cheese ": An album or two was released each year throughout the s. Alpert's band was featured in several TV specials, each one usually centered on visual interpretations of the songs from their latest album—essentially an early type of music videos later made famous by MTV.
Alpert's style achieved enormous popularity with the national exposure The Clark Gum Company gave to one of his recordings in , a Sol Lake number titled "The Mexican Shuffle" which was retitled "The Teaberry Shuffle" for the television advertisements. Whipped Cream sold over 6 million copies in the United States. The album cover featured model Dolores Erickson wearing only what appeared to be whipped cream. In reality, Erickson was wearing a white blanket over which were scattered artfully placed daubs of shaving cream—real whipped cream would have melted under the heat of the studio lights although the cream on her finger was real.
In concerts, when about to play the song, Alpert would tell the audience, "Sorry, we can't play the cover for you. The latter won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Going Places produced four more singles: Alpert's rendition contained a bar that coincided with a Schlitz beer tune, "When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer. Another commercial use was a tune called "El Garbanzo", which was featured in Sunoco ads "They're movin', they're movin', people in the know, they're movin' to Sunoco".
In , the Tijuana Brass performed the title cut to the first movie version of Casino Royale. Despite the popularity of his singles, Alpert's albums outsold and outperformed them on the charts. Alpert and the Tijuana Brass won six Grammy Awards. Fifteen of their albums won gold discs, and fourteen won platinum discs. From the week ending October 16, through the week ending April 29, , the group had at least one album in the Top 10, marking 81 consecutive weeks. For many of these weeks, more than one album registered in the Top That same year, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized that Alpert set a new record by placing five albums simultaneously in the Top 20 on the Billboard Pop Album chart, an accomplishment that has never been repeated.
In the first week of April of that year, four of those albums were in the Top 10, simultaneously—matching a mark first set by The Kingston Trio in late The sequence was filmed on the beach in Malibu. The song was not intended to be released, but after it was used in the television special, allegedly thousands of telephone calls to CBS asking about it convinced Alpert to release it as a single, two days after the show aired.
In , with some of the original Tijuana Brass members and some new members, he formed a group called Herb Alpert and the T. This new version of the Brass released two albums in and and toured.
Alpert reconvened a third version of the Brass in , after being invited to perform for the Olympic Games athletes at the Los Angeles Summer Games.
The invitation led to the Bullish album and tour. In the s, s, and s, Alpert enjoyed a successful solo career.
In , he had his biggest instrumental hit, " Rise " from the album of the same name , which went to No. It was later sampled in the No. The song "Route " off the Fandango album peaked at No. It was the last non-vocal rendition of the national anthem at the Super Bowl to date.
Apart from the reissues, the Christmas Album continues to be available every year during the holiday season. It marked the first time Alpert, Mendes, and Hall had performed together on the same song. In , Alpert and his wife Lani Hall began performing and recording with a new band made up of Bill Cantos on keyboards, Hussain Jiffry on bass, and Michael Shapiro on drums.
Eventually they signed with Concord Records and released a live album in the summer of , Anything Goes, Alpert's first release of new material since 's Herb Alpert and Colors. Both albums feature eclectic jazz renditions of pop classics along with a handful of original compositions. Also, Alpert formed a new label called "Herb Alpert Presents" in order to release his catalog reissues and his new works. In he released Music, Vol. In October , Alpert will release Music Volume 3: The majority of the tracklist was culled from the group's first seven albums.
A single from the album, Wade in the Water, was released in July He discovered the West Coast band We Five. These working relationships allowed Alpert to place singles in the Top 10 in three different decades s, s, and s. Both would continue to manage the label until , when they left because of frustrations with PolyGram's constant pressure to force the label to fit into its corporate culture.
The reissues included all of the pre albums, 's Rise, and also included a new album, Lost Treasures, consisting of unreleased material from Alpert's Tijuana Brass years. Re-Whipped was released and climbed to No. Factory re-released 's Fandango on CD. With the end of Alpert's Shout Factory contract, his releases on that label went out of print, only to be re-issued on the new Herb Alpert Presents label in and Visual arts Alpert has a second career as an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor with group and solo exhibitions around the United States and Europe.
The sculpture exhibition "Herb Alpert: Moss also has a star on the Walk of Fame. This was the largest gift to an individual community college in the history of Southern California, and the second-largest gift in the history of the state.
The company launched with two scents, Listen and Listen for Men. Alpert compared perfume to music, with high and low notes.
Personal life Alpert was married to Sharon Mae Lubin from to They had two children together: They have one daughter, actress Aria Alpert. In popular culture Alpert was referenced in the first show of the fourth season of Get Smart where one of the code signals between Maxwell Smart and his contact was "Herb Alpert takes trumpet lessons from Guy Lombardo.
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While the title sums up the contents, The Very Best of Herb Alpert does suffer from the odd omission and questionable entry -- which is all the more noticeable as the whole thing clocks in at under three-quarters of an hour.