The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)

Album: The Lonely Bull (1962)
Charted: 22 6

Songfacts®:

  • This was originally an instrumental demo called "Twinkle Star" which cost Alpert $200 to record. Later when he decided to record it as a single, Alpert dubbed in crowd noises from a bullring in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • This was the first record issued by A&M Records when they were operating out of Herb Alpert's garage. He and Jerry Moss founded the record label earlier in the year.
  • The Lonely Bull was re-released in 2005 with re-mastered sound and extensive liner notes from Alpert.
  • Alpert recalled to Mojo December 2010: "I'd had a trip to Tijuana, watching the bullfights, and I tried to interpret that feeling I'd had at the fights into a sound. Of course, I was loaded on wine at the time."

Comments: 8

  • Don from Lincoln, Ne.Several members of The Wrecking Crew actually played on the record and album and would be considered The Tijuana Brass.
  • A2000 from CabaThe Lonely Bull would translate into Spanish as "El toro solitario" dunno why it's "El Solo Toro" that's not even proper Spanish and would be more like "The alone bull" or "The only bull"
  • Harv from Newington, CtThe title is far more elegant in Spanish: "El Solo Toro."
  • Loreen from Fareham, United KingdomHi steve dotstar, With you on the great sound, Herb Alpert, BUT please note: We in England do not use the phrase 'neat' (only as tidy) nor do we spell records as
    ' re-chord' I never even seen that word lol. take care all the best :)
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxFrom this song, a mighty company grew. Sad that it is now no more.
  • Mike from Temecula, CaIf you listen with headphones, you'll hear that Alpert mixed one channel with both the background and the lead trumpet, and then pretty much isolated a fresh recording of the trumpet lead on the other channel. This apparent overdub produced the incredible presence, resonance and "bite" of the final mix.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaI don't think there was a sound quite like it when it came out.....pretty neat little re-chord..
    as they say in england.
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkIs this song supposed to represent Ferdinan the bull from the children's story about a docile bull who gets stung by a bee when the men from the city come to pick out bulls or the fight? I think Disney made a cartoon of it. This song always reminds me of that story. I think the title of Fallout Boy's "From Under the Cork Tree" references the same story.
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