Alpert’s wife since 1973, Hall is also known as the voice of the James Bond theme song “Never Say Never Again.” Besides their onstage collaborations, the two entertainers contribute significantly to a medley of philanthropic causes, largely supporting children and the arts.“I had a great opportunity,” says Alpert, who comes from a family of musicians and took up the trumpet when he was 8.“Ameriachi,” Alpert’s signature transnational variant, combines cool jazz with surf rock and mariachi.
The song is best known from an instrumental version by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, released as a B-side to the single "What Now My Love" but not on their 1965 album Going Places. "Spanish Flea" featured Alpert's trumpet over a Latin rhythm backing.
and the single peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, with its A-side reaching No.
Bekannt wurde das Lied als Instrumentalversion von Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass mit Herb Alpert an der Trompete, die auf dem von ihm mitbegründeten Plattenlabel A&M Records Ende 1965 erschienen ist.
In American Pie 2, the band camp counselor plays the song on his trumpet, not knowing that the trumpet had just been inserted into Jason Biggs' character's anus.
The recent Old Navy "Dating Game" commercials have me wondering if the music other than Spanish Flea on the show was the Tijuana Brass or a band that sounds similliar to them.
Trumpet legend Herb Alpert remembers a time when he tried to emulate his idols — Harry James, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis. “You hear three notes and you know it's Herb Alpert,” cool jazz icon Davis once said of the younger musician.
On January 22nd 1967, Abbe Lane performed a Spanish language version of "Spanish Flea" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show' (she sang it a medley with "Call Me" and "La Bamba")...
One year earlier on March 13th, 1966 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass's version of the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on April 10th, 1966 it peaked at #27 (for 2 weeks)...1971 nahm Wechter mit seiner „Baja Marimba Band“ auch eine eigene Version des Liedes auf, die auf seiner LP As Time Goes By ebenfalls bei A&M erschienen ist.
“I like to find ways to make a song fresh,” says the 84-year-old Grammy winner.
“No one needs to hear repeats of the original.” Adding smoky flavor to the Latin-tinged tunes is vocalist Lani Hall of Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 fame.
“I like to see kids express their creativity at an early age and appreciate their own uniqueness.” The musician and record producer has, for decades, garnered critical attention for his improvisations using a paintbrush and chisel as well.