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This Guy's in Love With You

by

Herb Alpert



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Alpert was a trumpet player and bandleader who started a record label with Jerry Moss in 1962. They named it A&M Records, after their last names. This was the first #1 hit for both Alpert and the record label.
This was written by the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It was their first #1 Pop hit in the US. Marty Robbins' "The Story of My Life" was #1 in the Country Charts, and a cover by UK artist Michael Holliday went to #1 on the UK Pop charts on February 14, 1958, just 2 weeks before Perry Como took their "Magic Moments" to UK Pop #1 (for 8 weeks) on February 28 - a decade before "This Guy's in Love With You." (thanks, Darryl - Queensland, Australia)
Alpert's previous material consisted of instrumental songs recorded with The Tijuana Brass Band. This was his first released on A&M Records that contained vocals. He had released vocal recordings for another label, Dot Records, under the assumed name of Dore Alpert.
Alpert sang this to his first wife in a 1968 TV special called The Beat of the Brass. The sequence was taped on the beach in Malibu. The song was not intended to be released, but after it was used in the TV special, thousands of telephone calls to CBS asking about it convinced label owner Alpert to release it as a single two days after the show aired.
According to the book Bacharach by Michael Brocken, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss owned A&M records (A = Alpert, M = Moss). The Tijuana Brass were offered a TV special and the director suggested Alpert sing a song. Alpert contacted friend and label mate Burt Bacharach to ask him for a song. Hal David actually re-wrote some of the lyrics at Alpert's request: "He wanted to do our song on a TV special he was doing. It was a song he was going to sing to his wife, and the lyric was not quite appropriate for what he wanted to say. He asked us whether we could change it so it would fit what he needed. And I did; and he did it on the show and got a terrific reaction and recorded it. And it turned out to be a stunning hit!" (thanks, Darryl - Queensland, Australia)
In 1969, Dionne Warwick's version ("This Girl's in Love With You") peaked at #7 in the US. She recorded a lot of songs Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote, including "Don't Make Me Over" and "I Say a Little Prayer."
Herb Alpert is the only solo act to be credited with a #1 vocal single ("This Guy's in Love With You") and a #1 instrumental single ("Rise"). (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
In 2005, much of Alpert's material was re-released, including his albums Whipped Cream & Other Delights and The Lonely Bull.
Burt Bacharach (from Record Collector magazine): "'This Guy's In Love With You' was gonna be a big record. It was a television show. Herb was very hot and his band, The Tijuana Brass was very hot. I was signed to A&M as an artist. There were great guys running the record company, Herb and Jerry (Moss). They asked me to do it, to write a song with Hal David, come in and write the arrangement and conduct the orchestra. I did it as a favor. If you asked me when I got in my car leaving Gold Star Studios that night and thought this was ever gonna be a hit I would have said no way. Then three or four weeks later it was #1. Wow!"
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Comments (23):

This was my future wife's and my song when we were in high school. We still love to hear it after 46 years.
- Don, Willoughby, OH
I find it fascinating that Burt Bacharach and Hal David managed to score more than one #1 Pop hit in Britain before scoring a #1 Pop hit in their native America. Before this song came out, they scored at least three #1 British Pop hits: Michael Holliday's cover of "The Story of My Life," Perry Como's hit "Magic Moments," and Sandie Shaw's cover of "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me." Does anyone else find it interesting?
- Jerro, Delmont, PA
Haunting and beautiful, this song was used in the touchingly morbid 2012 movie "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World", and I haven't been able to get it out of my head since I watched the movie 10 days ago.
- Rich, El Segundo, CA
One of the biggest shockers of all time that this hit #1. Alpert long harbored the illusion that he could sing, but this rendition was only meant to be the guide vocal (He made a similar one for 'Close to You' before giving it to The Carpenters.)
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
Yes, Herb Albert's limited vocals add to charm of this song. My mom loved Herb. Here's a song that puts it right on the line giving voice to what many of us have felt: "my hands are shaking...don't let my heart keep breaking." We all love that rush of love so powerful it makes you shake.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
I need the background music, but I would be glad to sing it.
- Michael Scott, Punta Gorda, FL
That sounds like Leon on piano. He was a regular in the Tijuana Brass and orchestrated most of the HA&TB songs. Loved Brasil 66...Fool on the Hill...what a song!
- Puddintwang, nashville, TN
I meant to say seriously involved with Lani by 1968 or 1969, as she left Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 and married Herb Alpert in 1972, and he has said in interviews, that it was instant when he and Lani met in 1966.
- patty, clifton park, NY
A beautiful song,however this is confusing...If Herb Alpert sang this to his first wife on Malibu Beach, and sang it to her on his tv special in 1968, how can that be as he was very much in love with Lani Hall whom he met when he produced Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 -she was one of the vocalists, and seriously involved with her by 1966?
- patty, clifton park, NY
This is Burt's best song, and a perfect
love tune....beautifully done!
- steve dotstar, los angeles, CA
Australian 80's novelty band The Reels covered this.
- Nunzio, Darwin, Australia
Da da da da.......

Classic
- Gerry Walsh, Melbourne, Australia
I wish a handsome man would sing this song for me....sigh!:)
- Chris, Chicago, IL
I agree that Herb's lack of vocal experience and range is part of the charm of this song--it makes it more heart-felt. I remember when super-smooth Dionne Warwick followed up with the same song a year later. It was a cool contrast hearing both sexes do the song.
- Guy, Woodinville, WA
You retards have it all wrong. This is a great song and a great vocal performance. The best vocal performances in pop tend not to be from technically advanced singers like Kelly Clarkson.
- Joe, Boston, MA
I like this song the more because of his limited vocals. I saw the original video that was taped on a Malibu beach with his first wife. Very cool.
- susan, syracuse, NY
Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations did a beautiful duet of this song on their "Together" album in 1968.
- Brad, Cleveland, OH
I know Herb Alpert, but need to know where to find Dore Alpert songs.
- Richard, Walla Walla, WA
Beautiful tune, but personally I think Herb's vocals, while adequate, show why he didn't quit his day job!
- fyodor, Denver, CO
there is something so satisfying about hearing this....the combination of bacharach's songwriting and alpert's trumpet playing really
make magic here.....especially the crescendoing
keyboards at the end that fade again with the trumpet....sweet
- Scott, chicago, IL
Faith No More covered this, and it is on their Who Cares A Lot? Greatest Hits compilation
- Dan, Bayonne, NJ
Noel Gallagher of Oasis did an amazing acoustic version of this in concert. You can find it on some bootlegs.
- Fiona, Philadelphia, PA
this song was covered by an Australian band called The Reels in the 80's
- pete, nowra, Australia
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