Saturday, April 20, 2013
WHEN POLISHED BRASS SHONE BRIGHT ON TELEVISION - HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS - CBS-TV - CIRCA APRIL 24,1967
The soundtrack of American Life in the 1960's and 70's is replete with musical performers who weren't into hard rock ,heavy metal, the Mersey Beat, Motown, R&B or, even bubblegum music, which was kind of pre-fab, top forty.
Their upbeat, energetic offerings were more like cotton candy and comprised "The Sound of Today."
These artists included Glen Campbell , Bobbie Gentry and one of the most beloved, super - groups of the time,Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
Most of these performers crossed over to star in television specials or series.
Herb Alpert and his band were at the top of the popular music charts when they teamed with the incomparable creative of
Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, the pair who had first brought Barbara Streisand to television.
They made beautiful music...and television...together.
On April 24th 1967, Alpert & company starred in SINGER PRESENTS HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS, in Color , on CBS-TV.
It features an amazing (given the technology of the time) , airborn, opening sequence in in a ground-breaking musical special, that took color cameras and the talent out of the studio and on location. It also wove a linear, comic narrative about the group and its history to bring a filmic quality to the storytelling.
The effort was rewarded with high ratings and 4 EMMY noinations.
Here is a monochome version of the entire show, including commercials for sponsor Singer Sewing Machines, thanks to the FRANK DRACMAN YOU TUBE site.
You'll also see Alpert's second special, THE BEAT OF THE BRASS, which aired on April 22, 1968.