Tonight at the Grammy Museum, legendary musician and record label impresario Herb Alpert sits down for a chat with Jerry Moss (that’d be the “A” and the “M” of A&M Records). Sadly, it’s sold out. But we have the next best thing: A profile of Alpert written last year by Steve Oney. The lengthy and fascianting piece covers Alpert’s daily regimen, a career-threatening psychosomatic experience that left him unable to play the trumpet, his other career as a painter and sculptor, and the first time he heard Karen Carpenter sing. As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of A&M Records, Alpert and Moss will discuss their last five decades in the music business building A&M into a label revered by other musicians.
Along with this definitive profile of the nice jewish boy from East L.A. who launched the Tijuana Brass and sold more albums than the Beatles, here’s an exclusive video of Alpert playing his trumpet.