THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU – Herb Alpert
This Guy’s In Love With You from Herb Alpert was often played at the end of an evening session (Blue Note Manchester). Some may say this is not soul but soul is a feeling, a connection in the heart, made by the performer with the listener, generating an attenuation, a harmony or a resonance, creating a mood. That’s soul. This song is an example, maybe a difficult one for some soul purists to accept. It’s given here to show that soul can be found in many performances and from many artists, black or white, male or female.
Other examples are ‘Unchained Melody’ from The Righteous Brothers. Listen to ‘It will Never Be Over For Me’ another white singer; Timi Yuro, of course there are many, many more.
Herb Alpert worked with Lou Adler and produced ‘Wonderful World’ with Sam Cooke. Herb was very successful in the 1960s as a trumpet playing instrumental performer and also a shrewd businessmen he founded his own record label A&M, with partner Jerry Moss. Born in Los Angeles, on the 31st March 1935 he began playing the trumpet at the age of eight. With Lou Adler, Herb co-wrote hits for Sam Cooke ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘Only Sixteen.
‘The Lonely Bull’ “Spanish Flea” ‘A Taste of Honey’ “What Now My Love” and others were big hits for Herb and his the Tijuana Brass in the sixties and early 70’s A&M grew into the world’s biggest independent label; artists included the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker and Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66.
1968 he had his first number one single as a singer on Burt Bacharach’s ‘This Guy’s in Love With You’.
1979 Herb had a major hit with “Rise”
Herb Alpert – Wikipedia