Category: herb alpert

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 Photos by Norman Seeff

  1. Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe (1969)
  2. Gloria Jones & Marc Bolan (1974)  
  3. Kathy Silva & Sly Stone (1974)
  4. Tina Turner & Ike Turner (1975)
  5. Lani Hall & Herb Alpert (1976)
  6. Robbie Gholson Smith &

    O.C. Smith (1977)

On this day in music history: October 20, 1979 – “Rise” by Herb Alpert hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on September 22, 1979, and peaking at #4 on the R&B singles chart on October 27, 1979. Written by Andy Armer and Randy (Badazz) Alpert, it is the second number one single for the co-founder of A&M Records. Recorded in Studio D at A&M Records in Hollywood, the song is one of the first hit records to be recorded on digital recording equipment. The 3M Corporation lends the label, one of its first 32-track tape machines to experiment with. Alpert initially begins the sessions by attempting to record a disco remake of his first hit “The Lonely Bull”. When the musicians realize the new version isn’t working, Alpert’s nephew Randy gives his uncle a demo tape with some songs he as written with his friend Andy Armer. Herb loves the instrumental titled “Rise” and agree to record it. Originally written an uptempo dance track, it is recorded at a slower tempo for the finished recording. The track is recorded almost completely live in the studio in just a few takes. After its release in June of 1979, the single initially gets off to a slow start until it is prominently featured on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital”. The exposure the song receives on the show jump starts interest in it, spreading to radio. Entering the Hot 100 at #83 on July 28, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. The single wins Alpert a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1980, his first Grammy win since 1967. The song also becomes the basis of The Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous chart topper “Hypnotize” in 1997. “Rise” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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The Look of Love

 Photos by Norman Seeff

Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe (1969)

Gloria Jones & 

Marc Bolan (1974)  

Kathy Silva & Sly Stone (1974)

Tina Turner & Ike Turner (1975)

Lani Hall & Herb Alpert (1976)

Robbie Gholson Smith &

O.C. Smith (1977)

On this day in music history: July 20, 1979 – “Rise” by Herb Alpert is released. Written Randy (Badazz) Alpert and Andy Armer, it is the first single and title track to the veteran musicians’ twentieth studio album. Prior to recording, the 3M corporation lends A&M Records one of the first digital multi-track tape machines made by the company to experiment with. When Alpert and a group of studio musicians convene to start recording, they begin by making a disco remake of Alpert’s first hit “The Lonely Bull”. When they realize it isn’t working, Herb’s nephew Randy gives him a demo tape with several songs on it. Immediately struck by an uptempo instrumental piece called “Rise”, Alpert rearranges it by slowing the tempo down to 100 beats per minute. Cut live in Studio D at A&M Records, the track is completed in just a few takes. After its release, the single receive an unexpected boost when it is featured prominently on the hit soap opera “General Hospital”. “Rise” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks on October 20, 1979, #4 on the R&B singles chart on the same date, and also wins Alpert a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental in 1980.

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On this day in music history: June 22, 1968 – “This Guy’s In Love With You” by Herb Alpert hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it is the first chart topping single for the co-founder of A&M Records. In early 1968, musician Herb Alpert receives an offer from CBS to host his own network television special titled “The Beat Of The Brass”. Looking new material to perform on the program, Alpert contacts his friend, songwriter Burt Bacharach and asks him if he has any old songs that haven’t been recorded. Bacharach finds the lyrics and music to a song he and his lyricist partner Hal David have written previously titled “This Guy’s In Love With You”. Alpert loves it and records it immediately. When “The Beat Of The Brass” special airs on CBS on April 22, 1968, the song is featured in a segment where Alpert sings the song to his then wife Sharon on the beach in Malibu, CA. The day after the special airs, CBS’ switchboard is flooded with thousands of calls from viewers asking where they can buy the record. A&M Records rush releases the single the following day. Entering The Hot 100 at #72 on May 18, 1968, then streaking to the top of the chart five weeks later. The record is the first number one pop single for both A&M Records as a label, and for songwriters Bacharach and David, becoming one of their most performed and recorded songs. The success of “This Guy’s In Love With You” sends the accompanying album “The Beat Of The Brass” to number one on the Billboard Top 200, becoming Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass’ fifth and final chart topping album. “This Guy’s In Love With You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: June 20, 1987 – “Diamonds” by Herb Alpert (Featuring Janet Jackson & Lisa Keith) hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 on the same date. Written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, it is the biggest R&B hit for the veteran trumpet player from Los Angeles, CA. Right on the heels of the production teams success with Janet Jackson’s “Control” album, producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are asked to produce an album for the co-founder of A&M Records. Jam & Lewis come up with the track for “Diamonds” while they are working with The Human League on their album “Crash”. Setting the track aside when they feel it isn’t right for the UK synth pop band, the producers play the track for Janet Jackson while she’s in Minneapolis working with them on the remixed video version of “Control”. Excited by what she hears, Janet records her vocals during the session, also singing background vocals with Flyte Tyme artist/vocalist Lisa Keith. Jimmy and Terry then play the track for Alpert, who immediately loves it and overdubs his horn parts onto the song. Issued as second single from Alpert’s twenty eighth studio album “Keep Your Eye On Me”, “Diamonds” is Alpert’s second single to make the Top 10 on the R&B singles chart (after “Rise” (#4 R&B) in 1979) and his only number one single on that chart.

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Born on this day: March 31, 1935 – Musician and co-founder of A&M Records, Herb Alpert (born Herbert Alpert in Los Angeles, CA). Happy 84th Birthday, Herb!!

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On this day in music history: October 20, 1979 – “Rise” by Herb Alpert hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on September 22, 1979, and peaking at #4 on the R&B singles chart on October 27, 1979. Written by Andy Armer and Randy (Badazz) Alpert, it is the second number one single for the co-founder of A&M Records. Recorded in Studio D at A&M Records in Hollywood, the song is one of the first hit records to be recorded on digital recording equipment. The 3M Corporation lends the label, one of its first 32-track tape machines to experiment with. Alpert initially begins the sessions by attempting to record a disco remake of his first hit “The Lonely Bull”. When the musicians realize the new version isn’t working, Alpert’s nephew Randy gives his uncle a demo tape with some songs he as written with his friend Andy Armer. Herb loves the instrumental titled “Rise” and agree to record it. Originally written an uptempo dance track, it is recorded at a slower tempo for the finished recording. The track is recorded almost completely live in the studio in just a few takes. After its release in June of 1979, the single initially gets off to a slow start until it is prominently featured on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital”. The exposure the song receives on the show jump starts interest in it, spreading to radio. Entering the Hot 100 at #83 on July 28, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. The single wins Alpert a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1980, his first Grammy win since 1967. The song also becomes the basis of The Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous chart topper “Hypnotize” in 1997. “Rise” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

The Look of Love – 

Photos by Norman Seeff

Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith

(1969)

Marc Bolan & Gloria Jones (1974)  

Sly Stone & Kathy Silva  (1974)

Ike & Tina Turner (1975)

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall (1976)

Gregg Allman & Cher (1976)

On this day in music history: July 20, 1979 – “Rise” by Herb Alpert is released. Written Randy (Badazz) Alpert and Andy Armer, it is the first single and title track to the veteran musicians’ twentieth studio album. Prior to recording, the 3M corporation lends A&M Records one of the first digital multi-track tape machines made by the company to experiment with. When Alpert and a group of studio musicians convene to start recording, they begin by making a disco remake of Alpert’s first hit “The Lonely Bull”. When they realize it isn’t working, Herb’s nephew Randy gives him a demo tape with several songs on it. Immediately struck by an uptempo instrumental piece called “Rise”, Alpert rearranges it by slowing the tempo down to 100 beats per minute. Cut live in Studio D at A&M Records, the track is completed in just a few takes. After its release, the single receive an unexpected boost when it is featured prominently on the hit soap opera “General Hospital”. “Rise” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks on October 20, 1979, #4 on the R&B singles chart on the same date, and also wins Alpert a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental in 1980.