Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

Jerry Moss gave The Tijuana Brass their name.

Herb Alpert paid Julius Wechter $15 to play marimba on "The Lonely Bull." The voices on the song were Alpert's the mandolin player and a girl singer.

In 1963 "The Lonely Bull" single reached #1 in Australia. This was the first #1 record for Alpert and A&M.

Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass Volume 2 was A&M's first album with an alternate back cover.

The song "The Mexican Shuffle" was the first A&M Records and Almo/Irving song used in a television commercial. It became known as "The Teaberry Shuffle" for a Clark Gum company brand.

Jerry Moss came up with the idea for A&M's first concept album. When Herb Alpert decided to record a song titled 'Whipped Cream,' Jerry suggested that the rest of the songs have food titles.

Whipped Cream and Other Delights was A&M's first #1 Billboard Pop Chart album.

During one month in 1965, Whipped Cream and Other Delights sold one million copies.

The single of "Whipped Cream" sold 150,000 copies in 1965.

In 1965, Alpert selected musicians to perform as the touring Tijuana Brass. Bill Dana wrote the comedy material the band used in concerts.

Between September 1963 and February 1965 Tijuana Brass old more than 5 million recordings worldwide.

A&M's first four Grammys were for the single "A Taste of Honey." It won Record of the Year, Best Instrumental Performance (Non-Jazz), Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Engineered Recording.

The first active series single to have hits on both sides was "The Third Man Theme/A Taste of Honey" in 1965.

The Going Places album shipped gold in 1965 with advance orders of 1.3 million copies.

"Spanish Flea" was originally titled "Spanish Fly." Engineer Larry Levine renamed it when labeling the master tape.

In 1966 the What Now My Love album sold 1.6 million copies in its first two weeks of release. It was the fastest selling A&M album to date. The first ITCC Gold Cartridge Award was given to What Now MyLove for tape sales of $250,000.

During April 1966 The Tijuana Brass had albums at #1, #2 and #3 on the Billboard chart.

The first picture sleeve released by A&M Records was the Tijuana Brass' "What Now My Love/Spanish Flea."

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass are Guinness World Book of Record holders. They sold 13.7M copies of six albums in 1966. They were the top selling artist for a one-year period. Their record sales have not been equaled. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass are the only artist to ever have five albums in Billboard's Pop Album Chart simultaneously.

At the height of the Tijuana Brass tours in the mid-1960s, the group had 30 pieces of sound equipment that weighed two tons on stage.

John and Faith Hubley were signed to produce a series of short animated films for the Tijuana Brass in 1966. They won the Academy Award for short films for their work.

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' Singer Special first aired in April 1967 on CBS. The special was the first CBS show to attain a higher rating when competing network NBC did a repeat broadcast in November of the same year.

In Australia during 1967 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was the first artist to sell 250,000 copies of an album in Australia. The Brass's tour of Australia was sold out at every show. The box office eclipsed the Beatles tour there. Herb Alpert's Ninth album sold 10,000 copies in the four days before Christmas in Australia.

In 1967 Billboard's Year End Top 10 saw the S.R.O. album at #7; Whipped Cream and Other Delights at #8, and Going Places at #9.

The Beat of the Brass was A&M's first gatefold album cover.

From May 11 through June 1, 1968 the TJB had nine albums on the Billboard chart.

In May 1970 Herb Alpert received his 40th gold record award from Festival Records of Australia.

"Spanish Flea" appeared in an episode of the television show "The Simpsons."

In 2014, the Australian Recording Industry Association ranked Going Places as its #12 album to stay in the Top 20. It stayed there for 17 weeks.

Sources
  1. Alpert, Brass Receive Citations. Record World, February 19, 1966.
  2. The Packaging Side of the Business. ITCC Anniversary Advertorial. Billboard, June 25, 1966.
  3. Billboard, October 29, 1966.
Recording Years / Label
1965-1969 -  A&M Records
1974-1975 -  A&M Records
1984 -  A&M Records
Name Member Years Instruments
Bob Edmondson 1965-1969, 1974-1975, 1984 trombone
Bob Findley 1974-1975, 1984 trumpet
Dave Frishberg 1974-1975 piano
Herb Alpert 1965-1969, 1974-1975, 1984 trumpet
Jimmy Imperial 1984 guitar
John Patitucci 1984 bass, electric bass
John Pisano 1965-1969, 1974-1975, 1984 guitar
Julius Wechter 1974-1975, 1984 marimba, percussion
Lou Pagani 1965-1969 piano
Nick Ceroli 1965-1969, 1984 drums
Papito Hernandez 1974-1975 bass
Pat Senatore 1965-1969 bass
Peter Woodford 1974-1975 guitar
Sal Macaluso 1984 piano
Steve Schaeffer 1974-1975 drums
Tim Kaplan 1984 trumpet, synthesizer, flugelhorn
Tonni Kalash 1965-1969 trumpet
Vince Charles 1974-1975 steel drums, percussion
Name Birth Death
Bob Edmondson 1935-03-05
Bob Findley
Dave Frishberg 1933-03-23
Herb Alpert 1935-03-31
Jimmy Imperial 2018-06-11
John Patitucci 1959-12-22
John Pisano 1931-02-06
Julius Wechter 1935-05-10 1999-02-01
Lou Pagani
Nick Ceroli 1939-12-22 1985-08-11
Papito Hernandez
Pat Senatore 1935-08-19
Peter Woodford
Sal Macaluso
Steve Schaeffer
Tim Kaplan
Tonni Kalash 1937-06-15 2001-05-15
Vince Charles 2001-06-03
Name See associated acts
Herb Alpert Herb Alpert & Hugh MasekelaHerb Alpert & Lani HallDore AlpertHerb Alpert
John Pisano Pisano & Ruff
Julius Wechter Baja Marimba BandJulius Wechter