February 13, 2011 by Post Team
Herb Alpert, Herb Alpert has always been underrated as a jazz musician. This is what happens when a musician broke into the pop charts for 27 years, selling over 13 million albums in one year (1966), paves the way for numerous innovations and manages his own record label – and while the label sells for more than 500 million.
With this kind of CV – 15 gold albums, 14 platinum albums and eight Grammy – who care about how people see?
But Alpert has always been a Renaissance man, and he soon came to be recognized as a talented improviser, too. In addition to being a record producer Sterling, conductor, Ace & A with a history of flakes of signing talent, know-record company executive, and not to mention, painter and sculptor, acclaimed criticism, Alpert has always kept a hand in jazz.
Herbert “Herb” Alpert (born March 31, 1935) is an American musician most associated with the group variously known as Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass, Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass TJB. It is also an officer of the recording industry – he is the “A” of A & M Records (record label he and business partner Jerry Moss founded and eventually sold).
Alpert musical accomplishments include five number one, twenty-eight albums on the Billboard charts, eight Grammy Awards, fourteen Platinum albums and fifteen gold records. In 1996, Alpert had sold 72 million albums worldwide.
He is married to Lani Hall (1974-present) 1 child and was married to Sharon Mae Lubin (1956 -?) (Divorced) 2 children.
Alpert was born in Los Angeles, California to a Jewish family of Russian and Romanian. His father was Louis Radomyshl (now Ukraine) and many a tailor by profession, was also a talented mandolin player. His mother, Tillie, had its roots in Romania on the side of her father, she taught violin at a young age. His older brother David was a talented drummer. Alpert himself began learning the trumpet at age eight and played at dances as a teenager. The acquisition of a wire recorder in early high school, he experimented on this raw material. After graduating from Fairfax High School in 1952, he joined the U.S. Army and frequently performed at military ceremonies. After serving in the Army, Alpert tried his hand at comedy, but eventually settled on a career in music. During his studies at the University of Southern California in the 1950s, he was a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band for two years. In 1956, he was credited as one of the trumpeters in the movie “The Ten Commandments.” [Citation needed]. In 1962, he had an uncredited role of a scene in “Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation” where he played (and made one solo) in a dance band.
In 1957, Alpert teamed up with Rob Weerts, another burgeoning lyricist, as a songwriter for Keen label. A number of songs written or co-written by Alpert in the past two years became top twenty hits, including “Baby Talk” by Jan $ Dean, “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke, and “alley-oop” by The Hollywood Argyles and by Dante and The Evergreens. In 1960, Alpert began his recording career as a singer at RCA Records under the name Dore Alpert, where he recorded the voice at first.
“Tell the Birds” was recorded as the first release on the Alpert & Moss Records label Carnival. When Alpert and Moss found that there was prior use of the name of Carnival, their label became an M Records &.
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