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He's Still a Player (Herb Alpert)
Wall Street Journal ^ | March 6, 2013 | JOHN BERLAU

Posted on 03/12/2013 5:05:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Many musicians have gotten their start in garages and, in the tech era, so have many entrepreneurs. But Herb Alpert has the rare distinction of beginning not only a successful career as a musician but a multinational entertainment corporation at the same time in one of them.

"It was a two-car garage that I converted into a studio," Mr. Alpert, 77, said during a telephone interview, recalling the events in his West Hollywood home more than 50 years earlier. "I made a room inside a room, and I was able to go out there at any time, day or night, and blow the horn and not disturb anyone."

That "horn" is the trumpet with which Mr. Alpert climbed the pop charts—first with "The Lonely Bull," the garage recording he made in 1962 after hearing the sounds of a Mexican bullfight, followed by a string of singles in the '60s with his band, the Tijuana Brass. He continued to have sporadic hits in the '70s and '80s, including "Rise," a disco-flavored instrumental work that topped the Billboard pop charts for two weeks in 1979.

Mr. Alpert and his wife, the singer Lani Hall, are currently performing with a backing trio at New York's Café Carlyle through March 16. He says playing in such small venues reconnects him to his musical roots of playing at weddings, bar mitzvahs and sororities before his breakthrough with "The Lonely Bull."

"I get a more sincere feeling out of playing at small, intimate clubs," Mr. Alpert says. "People are right there, and you can see them, and they react. I like to just have that feeling of playing and getting a response."

During this visit, Mr. Alpert will head uptown from the Café Carlyle's tony Upper East Side neighborhood to the Harlem School of the Arts.

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1 posted on 03/12/2013 5:05:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I grew up listening to him. Lots of good memories. I’d love to hear him live...


2 posted on 03/12/2013 5:09:24 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (America is becoming California, and California is becoming Detroit. Detroit is already hell.)
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To: nickcarraway

In before the “Whipped Cream” album cover.


3 posted on 03/12/2013 5:12:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Herb Alpert is one of the greats for sure.


4 posted on 03/12/2013 5:12:34 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: nickcarraway

In before he’s awesomely amazing, oh, my god!


5 posted on 03/12/2013 5:15:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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6 posted on 03/12/2013 5:16:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Unggh


7 posted on 03/12/2013 5:18:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Revolting cat!; dfwgator

That’s the parody I was thinking of.


8 posted on 03/12/2013 5:19:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

9 posted on 03/12/2013 5:21:04 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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10 posted on 03/12/2013 5:25:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

As a boy, I spent many hours staring at the cover of “Whipped Cream and Other Delights.”


11 posted on 03/12/2013 5:31:33 PM PDT by ez (Laws only apply to little people. Criminals, politicians, and newsies are exempt.)
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To: nickcarraway
A 1966 TV variety show, Lani Hall and the other members of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, singing For Me - absolutely unforgettable.
12 posted on 03/12/2013 5:39:32 PM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: Revolting cat!
As a teenager, I was....fascinated...with this album cover....

13 posted on 03/12/2013 5:48:33 PM PDT by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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I know I'm either 3 months late or 9 months early with this, but hang around a Walgreens long enough and you'll hear the TB doing "Jingle Bell Rock" or "Sleigh Ride" among the Christmas fare pouring out of the muzak speakers. :)

Remain a player, Herb.

ff

14 posted on 03/12/2013 6:28:10 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: jobim

They were (and still are) all wonderful. Why should we make fun of them?? People who found their own way, and succeeded, many times over, by doing something no one else was doing. Isn’t that what we say we want? Lani Hall has a most beautiful voice.


15 posted on 03/12/2013 6:28:34 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Revolting cat!

This is my favorite parody. (But I do not acknowledge by this that I think Herb Alpert needs a parody. This is just FUNNY.)

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Don+Bowman+Tijuana+Drum+and+Bugle+Corps&FORM=HDRSC2#


16 posted on 03/12/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: 45semi; Revolting cat!; ez

My understanding is the model was 3 months pregnant when this photo was shot. Apparently, someone else was fascinated with her as well.


17 posted on 03/12/2013 6:40:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Herb & Sergio Mendes were my favorites as a young kid.

18 posted on 03/12/2013 6:48:02 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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19 posted on 03/12/2013 6:51:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: martin_fierro

I had one of those sampler Reel-To-Reel tapes of A&M artists, including Herb, Brasil 66, Wes Montgomery, Jobim......great stuff!


20 posted on 03/12/2013 6:51:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: wjcsux

The USS Pueblo’s official ships song was “The Lonely Bull” by Herb Alpert.


21 posted on 03/12/2013 6:57:06 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: nickcarraway

I didn’t know he was still alive ...and playing..outstanding


22 posted on 03/12/2013 7:00:28 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: Mr Rogers

Acapulco 1922 and This Guy’s in Love With You. The Lonely Bull?

Great stuff back then.


23 posted on 03/12/2013 7:15:11 PM PDT by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: x1stcav

And also all of the music from “The Dating Game”.


24 posted on 03/12/2013 7:16:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 45semi

Ditto that!


25 posted on 03/12/2013 7:22:32 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: dfwgator

Spanish Flea.


26 posted on 03/12/2013 7:22:47 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: nickcarraway
He is one guy who can toot his own horn, and deservedly so.
27 posted on 03/12/2013 7:25:44 PM PDT by mtg
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To: dfwgator

I did not know that. The mind-boggling things one picks up on FR.


28 posted on 03/12/2013 7:31:02 PM PDT by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: 45semi

Don’t have it handy at the moment, or I’d post it. “It” is Sour Cream and Other Delights, a great Tijuana Brass sendup by The Frivolous Five. One of my favorite parody records of all time!


29 posted on 03/12/2013 7:38:34 PM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: nickcarraway

Jim Hoehn, an extremely talented songwriter, wrote a song called “I Still Like Herb Alpert.” Jim (in the red shirt) performs the song at a house party in Key West in November 2010 (because of banter among the performers, the song actually starts at about the 2 minute mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4uXvYi7SDY


30 posted on 03/12/2013 8:05:50 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: 45semi

This alblum cover was one of my favorites! The lady in whipped cream is still alive and still looks pretty good for her age.


31 posted on 03/12/2013 9:20:58 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: NCC-1701

I remember the saga of the USS Pueblo growing up. LBJ basically let the ship and her crew be taken by the North Koreans. He didn’t lift a finger to help them. 0bozo is today’s LBJ.


32 posted on 03/12/2013 9:26:00 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: nickcarraway

Remember all those great hits. A&M records..Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.


33 posted on 03/12/2013 9:57:24 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: smalltownslick
"why should we make fun of them?"

Because we can.

34 posted on 03/13/2013 4:07:40 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: wjcsux
"looks pretty good"

Yes, but has the whipped cream dripped off her yet?

35 posted on 03/13/2013 4:09:14 AM PDT by driftless2
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