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Trumpet player Herb Alpert sang a Burt Bacharach/Hal David song, “This Guy’s In Love with You,” to his wife Lani Hall on a CBS television special on this date in 1968. A deluge of calls from fans to the television station convinced Alpert to release the song as a single two days later, and it became a number 1 hit for for four weeks. Alpert’s father was a mandolin-playing tailor from the Ukraine; Alpert’s mother, from Romania, was a violinist. He was already a hitmaker, with six Grammy Awards with his Tijuana Brass band, by the time he released “This Guy’s . . .” — and although the band had no Hispanic musicians, it did create a broad popular taste for Latin-flavored band music. Today Alpert is a recording industry executive with A&M Records (“A” for Alpert, “M” for Jerry Moss), a painter and sculptor, and a philanthropist through the Herb Alpert Foundation. To see the music video in which he introduced the song, look below. "There was a point with the Tijuana Brass where we were playing for such huge crowds that I kind of lost contact. At one point, the only connection I had with the audience was with people out there lighting cigarettes." -Herb Alpert
The Many Oblivions of Babi Yar
An ambitious creative team promised to make Kyiv home to the biggest and most impressive Holocaust museum in all of Europe. Before Russia attacked the city, scholars and artists had spent years in pitched disagreement over the vision of the memorial.