He followed up quickly with his debut album, The Lonely Bull by "Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass".
This was A&M's first album with the original release number being #101, although it was recorded at Conway Records.
Taking his Tijuana Brass in their jalopied "Tijuana Taxi," Alpert blows from the "Heat Wave"-inspiring "Mexican Shuffle" to the bouzouki blitz of "Zorba the Greek." Perhaps his most famous film-related song, however, is the Burt Bacharach classic "Casino Royale," a song that could inspire even Woody Allen to take on the world's most dastardly criminals.
Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, are substantial philanthropists through the operation of the Herb Alpert Foundation.
Alpert himself began trumpet lessons at the age of eight and played at dances as a teenager.
The Tijuana Brass, The Baja Marimba Band, Los Norte Americanos, The Mexicali Brass, Al Tijuana & His Jewish Brass, Black Sombrero Brass, George Garabedian, Janet Jackson, Sotelúm & The Minarete Brass Orchestra, Nashville Marimba Band, Richard Davis & The Tequila Brass Alpert's musical accomplishments include five No.
I didn’t want to feel like I was some kind of an impostor.
Alpert’s Friday concert here teams him with his second wife and longtime musical partner, Lani Hall, who rose to prominence singing with Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66.
In the 1970s, A&M became the home for artists as varied as Joan Armatrading, The Police, Squeeze, UB40, John Hiatt, Al Green, Janet Jackson, Split Enz, Amy Grant, Soul Asylum and many more."There's only one ingredient I looked for in the artists I signed, and it's honesty," Alpert said."That's why I signed The Carpenters, even though that kind of music wasn't my cup of tea.
Alpert was the son of immigrant Jews from Romania and the Ukraine, most of whom already played some sort of instrument.
As a child Herb took up both the trumpet and the drums, and by high school he was recording himself on his own wire recorder (an ancestor of the tape recorder).
Its hit title track, “The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro),” put both A&M and Alpert’s mariachi-inspired band on the map, It also set the stage for the group’s 1965 international megahit, “Taste of Honey,” and the 15 Top 40 singles that followed by Alpert, whose work with A&M led to him and Moss being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.“The Lonely Bull” and “Taste of Honey” were followed by “Tijuana Taxi” and a slew of other popular records, including “Whipped Cream” and “Spanish Flea” (which, together, became the joint theme songs for TV’s “The Dating Game”).
That’s when I got the idea to capture the feeling of that moment (of the bullfights) in music.
The couple’s new Concord Jazz album, “I Feel You,” extends that approach.