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Rise (instrumental)

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Single by Herb Alpert
from the album Rise
B-side"Aranjuez (Mon Amor)"
ReleasedJuly 20, 1979
RecordedMarch 6, 1979[1]
Length7:40 (album version)
3:50 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Andy Armer, Randy Alpert
Producer(s)Herb Alpert, Randy Alpert
Herb Alpert singles chronology

"Rise" is an instrumental written by Andy Armer and Randy 'Badazz' Alpert, first recorded in 1979 by trumpeter Herb Alpert. Released as a single from Alpert's solo album Rise, the song reached #1 on the Billboard charts. It is the instrumental sample for The Notorious B.I.G. hit "Hypnotize".


"Rise" was written by Herb Alpert's nephew Randy, in collaboration with Andy Armer. The A&R representative at A&M Records, Chip Cohen, knew Randy Alpert was into funk and disco music. He asked Randy to rework Tijuana Brass hits as funk tracks.[4] Herb Alpert recalls, "I think we started by playing ‘A Taste of Honey’ or ‘Tijuana Taxi'. And it just felt like the wrong approach. I didn’t feel comfortable playing that way."[5]

As Alpert and Armer were working on Cohen's assignment, they decided to write an original song for Herb as well. The result was "Rise". “Rise” was originally recorded as an uptempo dance number, however, while recording the master at A&M studios, the drummer on the session, Steve Schaeffer, strongly suggested that Herb and Randy try slowing the tempo down to 100bpm.[4]

It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October of that year and remained in the top position for two weeks. Herb Alpert thus became the first artist to reach the top of the Hot 100 with a vocal performance ("This Guy's in Love with You", 1968) as well as an instrumental performance. "Rise" was also successful on other charts, peaking at number four on the R&B chart,[6] number 17 on the disco chart [7] and spending one week atop the adult contemporary chart.[8] The recording also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.[9] Songwriters Armer and Alpert were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.[9]

"Rise" has been frequently requested as a sample by various artists. Randy Alpert declined most of them. When he heard the tape of Notorious B.I.G. rapping over "Rise" he was wildly enthusiastic about it and immediately approved the sample. He later gave Bell Biv DeVoe permission to sample the song, because he was a fan of the group. He declined to let The Sopranos use the song during a scene where someone was being beaten. Alpert also refused to let Pfizer use "Rise" in a campaign for Viagra which would have relied on the double entendre implied by the song's title.[4]

In October 2016 the "Rise Remix EP" was released on the Herb Alpert Presents label. It has seven selections with six remixes as well as the original track.



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979–1980) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[10] 5
UK Singles (OCC)[11] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[13] 80
Chart (1980) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[14] 54

Covers and samples[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Schultz, Barbara (4 December 2015). "Classic Track: "Rise," Herb Alpert". Mixonline. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (February 24, 2020). "The Number Ones: Herb Alpert's "Rise"". Stereogum. Retrieved July 13, 2023. ..."Rise," the flukey jazz-funk instrumental that hit #1 late in 1979...
  3. ^ Molanphy, Chris (June 18, 2022). "A Deal With the TV God Edition". Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia (Podcast). Slate. Retrieved March 30, 2024.
  4. ^ a b c Unterberger, Andrew. "Randy ‘Badazz’ Alpert Remembers ‘Rise,’ Sampled in The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Hypnotize’", Billboard. March 1, 2017.
  5. ^ CLASSIC TRACK: "RISE," HERB ALPERT, HerbAlpert.com. December 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 29.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 19.
  8. ^ "Herb Alpert Chart History: Adult Contemporary". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Grammy Award Nominees 1980 – Grammy Award Winners 1980". Awardsandshows.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9456a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  11. ^ "Herb Alpert: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Herb Alpert Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "1979 Talent in Action – Year End Charts : Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 91, no. 51. December 22, 1979. p. TIA-10.
  14. ^ "1980 Talent in Action – Year End Charts : Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 92, no. 51. December 20, 1980. p. TIA-10. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Listen Up: Jonathan Hay, Atlas Jenkins 'Rise' to the task on new track". Telegram.com. 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2023-06-07.


  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, Billboard Books; 9th Edition, 2010, ISBN 978-0823085545