The Lonely Bull

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"The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)"
Single by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
from the album The Lonely Bull
B-side "Acapulco 1922"
Released August 1962
Format 7", 45rpm
Genre Jazz / Easy Listening / Instrumental Pop
Length 2:15
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Sol Lake
Producer(s) Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass singles chronology
"The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)"
(1962)
"Let It Be Me"
(1962)

"The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)"[1] is a song by Sol Lake recorded by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass among others. The Herb Alpert single represents the first release on A&M Records.[2]

It became a hit (US #6) and title song to the album The Lonely Bull, released in December 1962. Its original title was "Twinkle Star".

While experimenting with the sound of an overdubbed trumpet, Herb Alpert recorded this song in his garage. The single and album recordings of the song were recorded at Conway Recorders in Hollywood, California and featured the sounds of a crowd cheering "Ole" inside a bullfight arena in Mexico, as well as the sounds of the trumpets announcing the matador before he enters the bullring. The song features a mandolin, a bass guitar, drums, and a wordless chorus, featuring a solo soprano.

On the inner sleeve of the Morrissey single "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris", his guitarist Boz Boorer can be seen holding "The Lonely Bull."

This song is sampled in the song "Tres Delinquentes" by Delinquent Habits.

The song is featured during a montage sequence in Cameron Crowe's film Jerry Maguire. It also appears in the Nicolas Cage film Matchstick Men, along with other jazz songs.

The Shadows recorded a cover version in 1964 on the album Dance with The Shadows.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ASCAP
  2. ^ Herb Alpert interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)

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