Billboard #1 Hits: “This Guy’s In Love With You’- Herb Alpert. June 22, 1968. #1 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “This Guy’s In Love With You”- Herb Alpert
  • Record Company- A&M
  • Genre: Easy Listening
  • Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
  • Time: 3:55
  • B-side: “A Quiet Tear”
  • Album- The Beat Of The Brass
  • Grade: D+
  • Peaked at #1 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #3 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Australia and Canada.

Herb Alpert is the only artist to have a #1 hit with a vocal [this single} and an instrumental- 1979’s “Rise.”  Up to this point- Herb Alpert was known as the leader of the Tijuana Brass- and had 14 instrumental hits- before this vocal. One day Alpert was visiting Burt Bacharach’s office and he asked Burt if he had any old compositions lying around that he and Hal David had written which had never been recorded that he might use. “This Guy’s In Love With You”- was that song. I don’t think Alpert is much of a singer- it’s painful for me to hear him struggle with this- but it went to #1 for a month, so who am I to say. The song was released as a single after a 1968 special on television called The Beat Of The Brass-in which the song was sung. There were a number of calls to the network afterwards and Alpert decided to release it as a single.




6 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #203: “THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU”-HERB ALPERT – JUNE 22, 1968

    • Yes, his vocals are weak, but have a vulnerable quality that makes them believable, and work well for this type of song. And the instrumentals and Burt Bacharach’s lovely arrangement are mellow and tender, and I love Alpert’s trumpet.

  1. I remember when it came out. The strength of the lyrics and melody gave it an edge. His “bad” singing gave his voice the vulnerability to make it work. I love the song and the way he plays and sings it.

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