Herb Alpert Career and Net Worth
Herb Alpert Career and Net Worth, Are Herb Alpert records worth anything?
Herb Alpert is an American musician and music industry colossus. He has about $850 million in net worth as of this writing. Most people known him as the trumpeter who led the Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass bands in the 1960s. The Tijuana band dwarfed The Beatles selling more than 13 million albums in 1966. Herb released a total of 28 albums, five of which were number one hits, 14 were platinum and 15 were gold -a dazzling performance.
Herb Alpert Early Life
Herb Alpert was born on March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Tillie and Louis Leib Alpert. Herb was brought up in Boyle Heights in Eastern Los Angeles. His parents were Jewish immigrants to the United States from Ukraine and Romania, his family was dominated by love for music. He started honing his act at the age of 8 and by his teens was already performing at dances. Herb went to Fairfax High School, graduated in 1952 and joined the Army. He performed at ceremonies and nurtured the desire to enter into acting. He attended USC after his stint with the Army and was a member of their famous marching band called Trojan Marching Band.
Herb Alpert Career
His music career was jolted immensely after he became a songwriter for Keen Records. Herb started writing and recording songs professionally for the first time in 1957. Inside a make-shift studio he built in his garage, he wrote several top twenty hits with a musician named Rob Weerts. Most of the songs written or co-written by Herb became Top 20 hits for two years including “(What A) Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke. He commenced his recording career as a vocalist in 1960 under the name of Dore Alpert. He is obviously famous for being the brain behind Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass band. He got the inspiration for his signature sound after he heard a brass band while attending a bullfight in Tijuana, Mexico in the early part of the 1960s. Herb overdubbed his own trumpet on two different tape machines just to capture the signature sound. The Tijuana Brass started with only Herb overdubbing his own trumpet, he single-handedly bankrolled his first single “The Lonely Bull” which made its way steadily across the airwaves, reaching a Top 10 hit in 1962. He worked in concert with a group of L.A. session musicians called The Wrecking Crew for subsequent albums. There was a popular clamor for live performances by the Tijuana band by the end of 1964. IN response to the demand, Herb auditioned and recruited a team of session men: John Pisano (electric guitar), Lou Pagani (piano player), Nick Ceroli (drums), Pat Senatore (bass guitarist) and Tonni Kalash (the trumpeter). Herb was the one who played the trumpet and also did the vocals for the band. The band has their debut in 1965 and became one of the high-profile bands at that time. Are Herb Alpert records worth anything? Their album “Whipped Cream and Other Delights” was voted number one album in 1965 and kept the position for over three years. The band’s second album was dubbed “Going Places”, the band reached an incredible feat in 1966 when the Tijuana Band outsold The Beatles, selling in excess of 13 million albums. Alpert was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records for setting a new record -placing five albums at the same time in the Top 20on the Billboard Pop Album Chart (that was unheard of) and the feat remains intact till now.
Herb Alpert Record Label
Herb founded a record label with colleague trumpeter , Jerry Moss in 1962. It transformed into the largest independent record company in the world in about 25 years. The record signed future super stars, Janet Jackson, Sheryl Crow, The Police and The Carpenters. The duo sold the record to PolyGram Records for $500 million in cash in 1989. Herb and Jerry sued PolyGram in 1998 and won an additional $200 million payout.
Herb Alpert Personal Life
He formed The Herb Alpert Foundation as well as the Alpert Awards in the Art with the California Institute of the Arts in the 1980s. The foundation is dedicated to supporting the youth and arts education with sustainable issues also being championed. The foundation in excess of $5 million to the Harlem School of the Arts in 2012. Herb’s foundation made a $10.1 million donation to Los Angeles City College in 2016.