Herb Alpert, who recently announced a new album, is one of the most important people in American music history. Pound-for-pound, though, he’s often one of the most looked over. While his music has been mimicked and copied, none can touch his tone and touch.
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Alpert, who burst onto the scene with his single, “The Lonely Bull,” in 1962, solidified himself as a star and major mainstream contributor with his 1965 record, Whipped Cream & Other Delights. It hit No. 1 in the U.S., as did four out of Alpert’s next six LPs (the other two hit No. 2 and No. 4).
Along with being a major recording artist, Alpert founded A&M records with his business partner, Jerry Moss. The two discovered artists like The Carpenters, Sergio Mendes, and many others.
For someone with 14 platinum albums and nine Grammy Awards, there’s a lot to choose from when trying to nail down Alpert’s Top 10 songs. But we admittedly do have our favorites.