A Taste Of Honey (1965)

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Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, California) was a recording industry executive (he is the "A" of A&M Records, which he founded with Jerry Moss) and a recording artist.

Jerry Moss suggested that Alpert record an album with songs titled after food items. The result of that suggestion was the 1965 album Whipped Cream And Other Delights, the Tijuana Brass' fourth album and most popular release. Its opening track was "A Taste Of Honey".

"A Taste of Honey" was Alpert's second Top 10 hit (his first was "The Lonely Bull"), and the Whipped Cream album was #1 on the album charts for eight weeks and sold over 6 million copies in the United States.

In 1966 "A Taste of Honey" received four Grammies: Record of the Year, Best Instrumental Arrangement, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and Best Engineered Recording (Non-Classical), which was given to engineer Larry Levine.

The "Whipped Cream" album cover is considered a classic pop culture icon. It featured model Dolores Erickson (who, at the time, was three months pregnant) covered in whipped cream (which was actually shaving cream).

Chart position: #7 (US), #1 (US Adult Contemporary).

The Top Ten Songs: November 27, 1965 (US Billboard Hot 100).
  1. "I Hear A Symphony" (Supremes)
  2. "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (Byrds)
  3. "1-2-3" (Len Barry)
  4. "Let's Hang On" (Four Seasons)
  5. "Get Off Of My Cloud" (Rolling Stones)
  6. "Rescue Me" (Fontella Bass)
  7. "A Taste Of Honey" (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass)
  8. "Ain't That Peculiar" (Marvin Gaye)
  9. "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (James Brown)
  10. "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" (Silkie)

Written by:
Bobby Scott (music) and Ric Marlow (lyrics).

It was originally written as an instrumental theme to the play of the same name by Shelagh Delaney, which was made into a movie in 1961. The words were later added by lyricist Ric Marlow so that Tony Bennett could sing it.

Also by: Martin Denny, whose version won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Theme in 1961. (Denny is universally known as the founder of exotica music, a type of big band music with Latin rhythms and overtones of Pacific Ocean culture); The Beatles, for their first album, Please Please Me, with Paul McCartney on lead vocal; Allan Sherman, a comedic singer, as "A Waste of Money": "I styled my hair/Just like Cary Grant's/I bought a pair/Of those tight new pants/A waste of money/Household Finance took my pants."

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