Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

Today we're going way back.

In the 60's you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing a tune by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Alpert's achievements may have gone unnoticed by many, especially by today's generation, but his musical accomplishments include five number one hits, twenty-eight albums on the Billboard charts, eight Grammy Awards, fourteen Platinum albums and fifteen Gold albums. As of 1996, Alpert had sold 72 million albums worldwide. In 1966 the Guinness Book of World Records recognized that Alpert set a new record by placing five albums simultaneously on the Billboard Pop Album Chart, an accomplishment that has never been repeated. In April of that year, four of those albums were in the Top 10 simultaneously. Almost everyone knows the tunes, if not the actual names of the songs. On this Greatest Hits album there isn't one tune that won't have you humming along and tapping your feet. Whether you're a young whippersnapper who may not even realize you've heard this dudes stuff all over the place without knowing it, or an old fogie like the homercat, everyone should have this album lying around somewhere because it's so damn fun to listen to. Just try and listen without tapping your toes or humming along.

Whipped Cream
Spanish Flea
Tijuana Taxi
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Funny Toon


Anonymous said...

Homercat; would you please please make the whole album available for download? Please please. Thanks on behalf of all of Canada for hosting the best every Olympics

Curt Shannon said...

These selections remind me to be thankful that the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys came on the scene. :-)

Oldetymer said...

Spanish Flea a.k.a. theme for the Dating Game, so true about ole Herb back in the day, you couldn't escape him on the radio if you tried, not that I ever did mind you I've always liked him and could listen to them all day.

Rich said...

At the height of Herb's popularity there must have been at least one TJB cover group at every university in the country playing at sports events and other venues where live light mood music was appropriate. (college music students are a great source of free live music on campus) I played upright bass on a mind numbing quantity of these. The music didn't get old though - it's still infectious.

homercat said...

It's funny, when I write these things you never know which topics will get the most feedback. Some posts I think will bring a lot of discussion and no one comments, then there's posts like this one which garners a lot of attention. I think it goes a long way of showing how timeless Herb's music is. And to Curt I say that Herb was charting all these hits at the same time that the Beatles and the Stones were charting. Also if anyone's interested in the album well here you go.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the album post HC.