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From “Herbie” to the “Brass”

“Herbie” Alpert released his first single on the Arch label in December of 1958 as Herb B. Lou and the Legal Eagles.   Then he moved onto Carol Records out of California recording one single as Herbie Alpert and His Quartet (January, 1959).  Next stop was on a label called Andex where now he was heading up a sextet.  Then onto Madison records as simply Herbie Alpert as shown in the ad above.

On these early recordings, Alpert often teamed up with song producer and future founder of Dunhill records, Lou Adler.  Further, all of these early efforts were primarily vocals – his future persona not yet established.

Then in a very strange move – Herb suddenly becomes “Dore” Alpert.  Many collectors thought that this was actually his son who is named “Dore” but no – It is Herbie using the name “Dore” himself.  The name was derived by Herb by taking the first two notes on the scale “Do” and “Ray”  – Good Grief! His “Dore” Alpert era was during 1961 and 1962.

All along the way in his early career, Herb composed a slew of mostly dead-end tunes but during that time also produced a number of songs including Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World” on Keene Records and Jan & Dean’s “Baby Talk” released on the Dore label.  Now this seems very odd or ironic but Doré the record label’s naming is attributed to co-founder Lou Bedell who named the label giving it his son’s name Doré!  Is somebody kidding me here?

Both Herb Alpert and Lou Adler were early Doré staffers.  Now I am wondering – not knowing Dore the son of Herb’s birth date if perhaps he simply borrowed the name from Bedell.

Then one day in 1962 Herb wandered down the border Mexican town of Tijuana where he would attend a bullfight.  The event was accompanied by a mariachi band – and presto!!! Herb had his inspiration for his next venture.

The original “The Lonely Bull” production featured only Herb playing trumpet and overdubbing it with additional out-of-sync trumpet takes.  He promoted the record on his own – doing the leg work around L.A. at the radio stations and it paid off – resulting in a number 10 hit.

Herb would rush into the studio to hurry out a complete long play album but this time would employ many of his music acquaintances, namely the “Wrecking Crew”.  Side note: The Lonely Bull was first named “Twinkle Star” before Herb decided to change it to fit his experience in Tijuana.

By late 1964 and early 1965 the public was clamoring for live performances and so Alpert put together a touring “Tijuana Brasss” and there we have it.  A&M Records started off as Carnival Records (above), a co-enterprise with Alpert’s partner Jerry Moss.  The name change to A&M came when it was discovered that there was another active “Carnival” record label.

The “Brass” had 20 Hot 100 Hits up into 1968 but no number one singles – Then that same year Alpert released a solo vocal “This Guy’s In Love With You” which would be his first number 1.  Dionne Warwick took the Bacharach/David song to number 7 a year later.

All in all, Herb with and without the Tijuana Brass would have a total of 40 Hot 100 hits with two number 1’s – the other being 1979’s non-Tijuana-sounding ditty called “Rise”.

On the long play side of the ledger the Brass did very well with 28 Top 200 releases, six going to number 1 – with “Whipped Cream” and “What Now My Love” being his two most successful at 8 and 9 weeks in the top spot in the nation.

Herb Alpert (& The Tijuana Brass) Chart Discography

A&M 703 – The Lonely Bull – Number 6 – October, 1962 – Acapulco 1922 – Number 119 – December, 1962

A&M 706 – Marching Thru Madrid – Number 96 – March, 1963 – Struttin’ With Maria – Number 102 – March, 1963

A&M 711 – Mexican Corn – Number 77 – March, 1964

A&M 714 – Dina – Number 150 – August, 1963 – As Dore Alpert

A&M 732 – Mexican Drummer Man – Number 85 – June, 1964

A&M 760 – Whipped Cream – Number 68 – February, 1965

A&M 767 – Mae – Number 116 – May, 1965

A&M 775 – Taste of Honey – Number 7 b/w 3rd Man Theme – Number 47 – September, 1965

A&M 787 – Zorba The Greek – Number 11 b/w Tijuana Taxi – Number 38 – December, 1965

A&M 792 – What Now My Love – Number 24 b/w Spanish Flea – Number 27 – March, 1966

A&M – 805 – The Work Song – Number 18 – July, 1966

A&M 813 – Flamingo – Number 28 – September, 1966

A&M 823 – Mame – Number 19 – November, 1966

A&M – 840 – Wade In The Water – Number 37 – March, 1967

A&M 860 – The Happening – Number 32 – July, 1967

A&M 870 – Abanda – Number 35 – September, 1967

A&M 890 – Carmen – Number 51 – January, 1968

A&M 925 – Cabaret – Number 72 – April, 1978 – Slick – Number 119 – April, 1968

A&M 929 – This Guy’s In Love With You – Number 1 Four Weeks – May, 1968

A&M – 964 – Number 51 – August, 1968

A&M 1001 – The Christmas Song – Number 1 Holiday Charts for Three Weeks – December, 1968 – My Favorites Things – Number 45 Holiday Charts, December, 1968

A&M 1015 – She Touched Me – Number 118 – February, 1969

A&M 1043 – Zazueira – Number 78 – March, 1969

A&M 1065 – Without Her – Number 63 – May, 1969

A&M 1102 – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da – Number 118 – August, 1969

A&M 1143 – You Are My Life – Number 109 – November, 1969

A&M 1159 – The Maltese Melody – Number 108 – January, 1970

A&M 1225 – Jerusalem – Number 74 – October, 1970

A&M 1261 – Summertime – Number 114 – June, 1971

A&M 1420 – Last Tango In Paris – Number 72 – March, 1973

A&M 1542 – Save the Sunlight – Number 110 – July, 1974 – with Lani Hall

A&M 1526 – Fox Hunt – Number 84 – May, 1974

From here on out Herb went solo

A&M 2151 – Rise – Number 1 for Two Weeks – July, 1979

A&M 2202 – Rotation – Number 30 – November, 1979

A&M 2221 – Street Life – Number 104 – March, 1980

A&M 2246 – Beyond – Number 50 – June, 1980

A&M 2356 – Magic Man – Number 79 – September, 1981

A&M 2422 – Route 101 – Number 37 – June, 1982

A&M 2562 – Garden Party – Number 81 – July, 1983

A&M 2593 – Red Hot – Number 77 – December, 1983

A&M 2655 – Bullish – Number 90 – September, 1984

A&M 2915 – Keep Your Eye On Me – Number 46 – February, 1987

A&M 2929 – With Janet Jackson – Diamonds – Number 5 – April, 1987

A&M 2949 – With Lisa Keith – Making Love In the Rain – Number 35 – July, 1987

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