Captain and tennille - no love in the morning / do that to me one more time / happy together
As debut albums go, Captain & Tennille 's coming-out party struck the right chord with their audience -- and not just on the charts, although its showing there certainly outdid all expectations. But there are greater items of interest once you get past the hits, led by the bouncy title track and "The Way I Want to Touch You." Keyboardist Daryl Dragon honed his chops touring with the Beach Boys , whose own emotive choral approach underpins much of this album; no less than four songs here have some connection to the band. Smoldering versions of former Beach Boy Bruce Johnston 's "Disney Girls" and "I Write the Songs" stand tallest, with Tennille leading the vocal charge to exceptional effect. There's a haunting, piano-led "Cuddle Up," which Dragon co-wrote with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson , and a daring revamp of "God Only Knows" which deploys ever-shifting tempos to trip up the listener's expectations ( Brian Wilson would surely have approved). (The other intriguing link is drummer Hal Blaine , who graced numerous classic Beach Boys tracks and appears here as a sideman.) Given so many glittering non-originals, it's understandable how the pair's songwriting gets short-shrifted; "Broddy Bounce" is pure instrumental filler, all right. However, wistful anthems like "Gentle Stranger" and "Honey Come Love Me" are quintessential snapshots of what they did best -- providing a kinder, gentler response to the more cynical fare topping the charts at the time. Where Captain & Tennille wanted to go from here remained uncertain, but they were certainly off to a flying start here.
On October 8, the Baja Marimba Band held its first concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. They appeared with comedian Bill Cosby.
For the first time the label had two hit singles--"A Taste of Honey" and We Five's "You Were on My Mind," numbers 1 and 2 respectively in Cash Box. Their albums, Whipped Cream and Other Delights and You Were on My Mind sold one million copies in one month. The TJB records were selling at a rate of 50,000 copies per day in late 1965. The company grossed about $6 million in 1965.
A&M entered the 4- and 8-track tape formats with manufacturing and distribution by ITCC.
On December 15, A&M Records received its first RIAA gold album certifications for Whipped Cream and Other Delights and Going Places! , both by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. A&M won its first four Grammy Awards for the single "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
By year's end, A&M had placed five singles and one album on the Billboard Pop charts. Herb Alpert put two albums and three singles on the charts.
On Cash Box Top Records of the Year, We Five's "You Were On My Mind" was #10. Its #21 Top Album was Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
In December, Labert Ellis, The Grads (later renamed The Sandpipers), the New Comers.
Other signings this year were Bill Dana, The Sequins, and Sergio Mendes & Brasil '65. (Mendes changed the group's name to Brasil '66 with the release of his first album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66. ) With the signing of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Alpert and Moss met Mendes' attorney, Abe Somer. Somer would go on to become A&M's general counsel and a member of its board of directors.
1965 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2) Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (3)
We Five (2) BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART SINGLES Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (4)
Chris Montez (1)
We Five (1) 1965 GRAMMY® AWARDS CATEGORY TITLE ARTIST WON Best Engineered Recording Taste of Honey (a) Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
(Larry Levine, Eng.) Won Best Instrumental Arrangement Taste of Honey (a) Herb Alpert Won Best Instrumental Performance Non-Jazz Taste of Honey (a) Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Won Record of the Year Taste of Honey (a) Herb Alpert Won Best Vocal Group Performance You Were on My Mind We Five For more on A&M promotional activity see A&M Records ads Bob Fead was hired as the National Sales Director. He established A&M's independent distributor network. Don Graham was named A&M's first National Promotion Director. Dave Hubert joined A&M Records in International Publishing. Chuck Kaye joined A&M Records as the head of Almo/Irving Music. Allen Stanton was hired into the a&r department. Larry Marks was hired to work the Top 40 Mulhern was hired as Director of Eastern Operations with an assignment to open an office in Philadelphia. In 1966, Almo Music/Irving Music held about 200 copyrights. It began searching for writers and songs to add to its catalog. The first hit song that was not on A&M was Ruthann Friedman's "Windy" by The Association. A&M again turned to Jerry Dennon when it hired D. J. Distributing as its distributor for the Northwest .
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