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The Number Ones: Herb Alpert’s “this Guy’s In Love With You”

Posted on July 19, 2018 by Muno
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The Number Ones: Herb Alpert’s “this Guy’s In Love With You”

In The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present.


Herb Alpert – “This Guy’s In Love With You”

HIT #1: June 22, 1968

STAYED AT #1: 4 weeks

The slick sophisticate Burt Bacharach was a presence on the American pop charts from the late ’50s well into the ’80s. His sound drew on jazz in its chords and orchestrations, but it aimed for a comforting middle, a place that wouldn’t alienate anyone. Bacharach’s sound turned out to be strikingly malleable, pulling in bits and pieces from rock ‘n’ roll and soul and psychedelia and eventually yacht-rock and ’80s MOR without ever becoming any of those things. (Indeed, it’s hard to imagine yacht-rock existing without Bacharach.) Bacharach was always there, a key influence on down-the-middle ’60s pop. But he didn’t score his first #1 until more than a decade in. And when he did land that hit, it was for his label boss.