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Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician most associated with the Tijuana Brass, a now-defunct brass band of which he was leader. He is also famous as a recording industry executive — he is the "A" of A&M Records.


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Early Life

He began trumpet lessons at about the age of 8 and played at dances as a teenager. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and frequently performed at military ceremonies. While attending the University of Southern California in the 1950s, he was a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band for 2 years.

Career Accopmlishments

Starting in the 1960s, his groundbreaking musical flavor catapulted Latino-style pop into the public eye. With the Tijuana Brass, he won eight Grammy awards, and of their albums fifteen have gone gold and fourteen platinum. At one point his music outsold that of the Beatles by two to one. In 1966, he was recognized (with the Brass) in the Guinness Book of World Records for having five albums in the Top 20 of the Billboard album charts simultaneously, an unprecedented feat. In April of that year, four of those albums were in the Top 10 simultaneously.


Currently, his creative energies are focused on abstract expressionist painting, and Broadway theatre. His production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America won a Tony award. He also funds the Herb Alpert Foundation for artistic training.

External links

Herb Alpert Illustrated Biography (http://www.onamrecords.com/Alpert_Special_Feature.html)

  • Herb Alpert: Music for Your Eyes (http://movietome.com/movietome/servlet/MovieMain/movieid-124093/Herb_Alpert_Music_for_Your_Eyes/)
  • Press Release: Herb Alpert: Music for Your Eyes (http://www.spotlightpr.freeservers.com/custom4.html)

  Results from FactBites:
HERB - All Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass! (592 words)
By way of Tijuana, we proudly present the groovy and spicy tribute to the powerhouse sound of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
"HERB" delivers the full glory of the Brass' sophisticated style with an updated edge that is poised to capture a new generation while re-igniting the passion and utter hipness of a bygone era.
"HERB" exudes the suave, groomed sound that catapulted the Tijuana Brass to the forefront of 60s pop culture.
TIME.com - The New Frontier (1252 words)
Local Tijuana radio played the music of a few electronic bands, but the airwaves were mostly filled with norteño and tambora — Mexican variations on the polkas and waltzes that German farmers brought to central Mexico in the 19th century.
What little tolerance existed in Tijuana for electronic music was obliterated by the arrival in the early '90s of rock en Español, an irony-free form of hard rock.
Tijuana Sessions is selling well, and he has lucrative gigs scheduled this summer in Los Angeles, London and Barcelona.
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