A marriage of true music

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 12, 2009 7:20 AM

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Sonny and Cher, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Each couple bridged work and their relationships and ended up with hit songs.

Herp Alpert and Lani Hall are two musicians also crossing this bridge. The couple married in 1973, but this year’s Anything Goes is the first complete album collaboration for the pair. The album is a mix of Alpert’s Great American Songbook background and Hall’s Latin rhythms.

They will perform at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort at 7:30 p.m. Friday with ticket prices ranging from $10 to $47. Tickets are available at the Hancher Box Office, located in the University Capitol Centre.

Alpert is an iconic trumpet player. His first hit came in 1962 with “The Lonely Bull.” Next came the Tijuana Brass featuring Herb Alpert, and in 1965, they released Whipped Cream and Other Delights.

It was an instant hit — the No. 1 album in the country for numerous weeks, eventually becoming the group’s first gold record.

His songs have been used in chewing-gum ads and won numerous Grammys, leading Billboard magazine to name Alpert 1966’s “Record Man of The Year.”

“The man is a legend,” Hancher marketing director Rob Cline said. “He’s just a brilliant, brilliant trumpet player.”

Alpert is also the “A” in A&M Records, and he ran the famous record label until it was bought out. Of Alpert’s head position at A&M Records, Cline said, “He launched the careers of any number of many famous musicians in all kinds of musical genres.”

Hall joined Sergio Mendez as part of Brasil ’66. Her vocals helped lead the group to success when it began to travel with Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. After marrying Alpert, Hall began her solo career. In 1985, she won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Performance for Es Facil Amar.

When it came to booking the couple, Cline said, it was an easy and quick decision.

“They are still both phenomenal performers, again, legendary performers,” he said. “And this is something we would really like to bring here to the people in the community.”

— by Sarah Larson

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