Herb Alpert is a viruoso trumpeter, composer, singer, businessman, and bandleader. He became famous in the 1960s as the leader of the Tijuana Brass. In the beginning, the "Tijuana Brass" was mostly Alpert overdubbed on trumpet with some session musicians, but by 1965, an actual Tijuana Brass group had materialized that consisted of Herb Alpert (trumpet, vocals), Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Bob Edmondson (trombone), John Pisano (guitar), Nick Ceroli (drums), Lou Pagani (piano), and Pat Senatore (bass guitar). The Tijuana Brass underwent a number of personnel changes thereafter before finally disbanding.
In 1962, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass debuted on the charts with "The Lonely Bull (El Solo Torro)," which became a Top 10 hit. This song was followed by a long string of mostly Spanish-themed instrumental hits on both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts through 1974 that also included "Taste Of Honey" (1965), "Tijuana Taxi" (1966), "Spanish Flea" (1966), "Casino Royale" (1967), and "A Banda (Ah Bahn-da)" (1967). Alpert also released a string of solo hits through 1987, topping the charts with "This Guy's In Love With You" (1968) and "Rise" (1979).
In 1962, Alpert formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss, which they eventually sold to Polygram. He also co-wrote many oldies classics, including Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World" and "Only Sixteen."
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The Tijuana Brass Featuring Herb Alpert
- The Lonely Bull (El Solo Torro) 1962
- This Guy's In Love With You 1968
(This song topped the charts and later also became a hit for Dionne Warwick (1969, as "This Girl's In Love With You").)
Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass
- A Banda (Ah Bahn-da) 1967
- Casino Royale 1967
- Flamingo 1966
- Mame 1966
(This song also became a hit for Bobby Darin (1966) and Louis Armstrong (1966).)
- Spanish Flea 1966
- Taste Of Honey 1965
(This instrumental song was previously a hit for Martin Denny (1962), the Victor Feldman Quarter (1962), and Tony Bennett (1964).)
- Tijuana Taxi 1965
- Wade In The Water 1967
(This instrumental song, which is a more modern rendition of a spiritual dating back to 1901, was previously a hit for Ramsey Lewis (1966, instrumental version).)
- What Now My Love 1966
(This instrumental song also became a hit for Sonny & Cher (1966), "Groove" Holmes (1966) and Mitch Ryder (1967).)
- The Work Song 1966
- Zorba The Greek 1965
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