Keeping it fresh, as always, it includes a hip and modern version of Irving Berlin's classic "Puttin' on the Ritz." And as if the music weren't enough, his Puttin' on the Ritz music video proves this stylish, clever, and always-hip producer, painter, sculptor, and trumpeter hasn't lost a step when it comes to putting out the hits.
As Herb Alpert remembers it, he was in a recording studio one day in 1965 when the art director for A&M, the label Alpert co-owned, showed him the photograph that would soon grace one of the most memorable LP covers of all time. Looking askance at the camera, she touches a long cream-tipped finger to her lips.
After questioning, the "bachelorette" chose one of the bachelors for her date, based only on how they answered her questions.
On occasion, the role would be reversed (one bachelor, three bachelorettes).
A young woman asked provocative questions of three bachelors who sat on stools behind a large wall.
Game Show by Chuck Barris Productions which debuted on ABC in 1965 with host Jim Lange.
It was the first game show to enter Reality TV territory, in that the winning couple actually went on a date after the show.
“Obviously now it would hardly register, but at the time I thought, ' Wow, that’s a little much.' And I didn’t know, quite frankly, whether it reflected the album -- the music I was doing at the time. Obviously that was fortuitous.” It was, because the LP in question, attributed to Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, was his breakout album, and the photo in question was the now iconic shot of a seemingly nude, doe-eyed young woman sunk up to her décolletage in what appears to be a giant pile of the titular dessert topping.
On her head is an added dollop of white, evoking, maybe, one of Billie Holiday’s signature gardenias.