herbalpert Special Thanks to Dore Alpert

And the Beat Goes On

So, I was on the air last Sunday (3-7pm) when I got a phone call from “security” downstairs saying someone wanted to come up and visit for a second and he had a signed CD for me!

He was led up to the KRTH studios and asked if I’d remembered talking to him on the request lines the previous week about a little something he wanted to give to me as a gift.

“Yeah, OK, I think I do remember you saying something about that.  How ya doin’?” as I let him follow me back into the studio for a quick visit.

“Here’s the CD I promised you!”

It was “Beat of the Brass,” one of Herb Alpert‘s more popular albums (now on CD…brand new copy).

It was autographed by HERB ALPERT himself.  “To Bruce, warm wishes, Herb Alpert!”

How cool is that?

Oh, the “delivery guy” I talked to on the phone the previous week?

Herb’s son DORE!!!!

Nice dude….and what a great surprise!

Dore is a huge fan of KRTH 101.

Note:  After Herb’s Tijuana Brass had their huge instrumental hit, “The Lonely Bull” in late 1962, I’d remembered Herb recorded a couple of vocal tunes in the early 60’s under the name “Dore Alpert!”

Do you possibly remember “Tell It To The Birds?” from the summer of 1962??  How about “Dina” from ’63?

This was five years before “This Guy’s In Love With You” was a smash vocal from Herb that hit #1 on the charts (1968).  It was a HUGE hit and is included in “Beat Of The Brass.”

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass had so so many GREAT instrumental immediately recognizable hit tunes throughout the years, so it was quite a transition for him to all of a sudden have a vocal hit that was #1 for FOUR weeks in the summer of 1968!

I will cherish my personal autographed copy!  Thanks Herb, and thank you Dore!!!!

Comments (4)
  1. Country Paul says:

    By the way, I’m a 29-year (31 counting college) radio vetDina is one of my all-time favorite records. It is visionary, gorgeous, intense and years ahead of its time. How cool that you got a visit from his son. (You can acrtually find and listen to Dina on YouTube – I think you’d find it amazingly enlightening if you don’t already know it.)

    By the way, I’ma 29-year (31 counting college) radio vet. I really miss the creative days on the air.

  2. Dann says:

    I remember “Tell it to the Birds” very well. In fact, I bought the 45 when it was in rotation on KFWB in Los Angeles. The girls singing their nonsense lines and Dore (Herb) singing “wa-wa-wa-wo” added a light touch to this song. Oh, and I should also mention the chirping birds.

  3. Scott Keeler says:

    I was looking online to see if I could find my old high school friend Dore Alpert (we went to school together 1 year at Athenian School in the mid 70’s) and yours was one of the references I could find. Glad to hear Dore is alive and well.

    1. Kelly Conlogue says:

      Hi Scott,

      How are you?
      I also recently thought about Dore when I saw a clip of Herb singing “This Guy…”
      How’s the radio business?

      Kelly Conlogue

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