Herb alpert tijuana brass dating game show theme

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When people (mostly Americans) usually hear "Spanish Flea," the initial reaction is that it's "the Dating Game show theme." The song, and this version of it, was in fact used for many years as the theme song of the popular television show.But before that, it was a huge Top 40 hit in its own.While it's always a treat to hear the Tijuana Brass's frisky melodies (they're like a shorthand for '60s sunshine pop), the real attraction on is Herb Alpert himself, who weighs in with new trumpet solos on several tracks.The standout is his long, languid ribbon of a statement on "Tangerine." With his honeyed tone and Miles-influenced sparse phrasing, Herbie sounds as west coast cool as ever.It was an instant hit, and both Alpert's career and the label's took off.

"A Taste of Honey" went Top 10, the title track appropriated for The Dating Game, and "Bittersweet Samba" eventually got mashed up with Public Enemy's "Rebel Without a Pause" to grand effect.

Later years: Herb continued in this vein until 1974, recording various incarnations of the Tijuana Brass and augmenting them with Los Angeles' famed "Wrecking Crew" sessions musicians.

He eventually turned most of his attention to signing acts for A&M Records, which exploded in popularity in the '70s with acts such as Styx, Carpenters, and The Police.

He also worked as a songwriter and movie extra, learning all aspects of the entertainment business.

By the early '60s he'd built his own home studio.

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