It's not often that you get to speak with a musical legend as lasting and impactful as Herb Alpert. Given that he will be performing May 20 in our backyard at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, I thought you might enjoy this.
The numbers alone are staggering. One hundred million albums sold. Eight Grammys. Recipient of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Thirteen million records sold in 1966. Four albums in the top 10 simultaneously. Top 10 singles in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Five No. 1 singles.
And who could ever forget Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass?
He is a performer, sculptor, artist, painter, producer, record company founder, philanthropist and horn player extraordinaire.
As creative director and "A" of A&M Records, his influence in the music business is the stuff of legend. He guided the careers of The Carpenters, The Police, Janet Jackson, Gato Barbieri, Al Green, Chuck Mangione, Cheech and Chong, Joe Cocker, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton and many others.