September 1st | Posted by: NMJ
By 1968 Herb Alpert was already famous because of his trumpet playing and his Tijuana Brass records. But not because of his singing.
In fact he didn’t have the greatest of voices. He didn’t sing on record very often at all and he must have felt much more uncomfortable and uncertain singing rather than trumpeting. But I remember reading that John Lennon once said something like ‘I eventually started writing on the piano because I got too good at guitar and since piano was less natural to me I rediscovered fresh ideas there’. He could have been talking about Herb’s performance on ‘This Guy’. Because in using his less natural instrument – his voice – he went well beyond what must have been his comfort zone and in so doing he created a track that is more novel, more from the heart and just more expressive than any of his trumpet-playing Tijuana hits.