Herb Alpert was born on March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, California. He is one of the most successful recording artists of the 1960s, ranked #42 and all-time ranked #87 by Joel Whitburn in his Record Research book, “Top Pop Singles” 12th Edition. He formed A&M Records in 1962 with Jerry Moss. Herb Alpert is the only artist to reach #1 on the Hot 100 with a vocal and with an instrumental record.
His first hit record is, THE LONELY BULL recorded as The Tijuana Brass Featuring Herb Alpert. The single charted in October of 1962 and charted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In September of 1965 he charted his second Top 10 pop single, A TASTE OF HONEY. The single became a #7 hit on the Hot 100 and a #1 hit record on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. He would chart many hit records between 1965 and 1968 including the #1 Adult Contemporary hits, CASINO ROYALE in 1967 and A BANDA later that same year. He was now being billed as Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
In May of 1968 he charted his biggest hit single, THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU. The record was a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained at #1 for 4 weeks and became a #1 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, holding the #1 spot for 10 weeks. The single record also sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”. The single was also a vocal and became his first vocal hit record. He would chart a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979 with another million-seller, RISE. He would become the only artist with a #1 hit on the Hot 100 as both an instrumentalist and a vocalist.
Herb Alpert was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. His music filled the air-waves from 1962 through 1987. THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU remains a classic love song and is still a favorite on oldies radio. He charted 47 single records and many huge hit albums…his music sounds as new today as when it was first recorded in the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
CLICK THE SONG TITLE BELOW TO HEAR…HERB ALPERT SING HIS CLASSIC…”THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU”.
Till the next time—Joe