Rise (instrumental)

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Single by Herb Alpert
from the album Rise
ReleasedJuly 20, 1979
GenreDisco, jazz-funk
Length7:40 (album version)
3:50 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Andy Armer, Randy Alpert
Producer(s)Herb Alpert, Randy Alpert

"Rise" is an instrumental written by Andy Armer and Randy 'Badazz' Alpert, and first recorded by trumpeter Herb Alpert. The instrumental track was included on Alpert's solo album Rise and released as a single in 1979. 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 (and only) 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,[1] number seventeen on the disco chart [2] and spending one week atop the adult contemporary chart.[3] The recording also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.[4] Songwriters Andy Armer and Randy 'Badazz' Alpert were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.[4]

The song was originally recorded as an uptempo dance number; however, while recording the master at A&M studios, the drummer on the session, Steve Schaefer, strongly suggested that Herb and Randy try slowing the tempo down to 100bpm.

In October 2016 the "Rise Remix EP" was released on the Herb Alpert Presents label. It has 7 selections with 6 remixes of varying lengths as well as the original track.

In early 2020, London-based French DJ/Producer Nicolas Laugier aka The Reflex added "Rise" to his growing list of remixes using the original master tapes (Stems). His extended 12 minute version uncovers parts of the track never heard before. A work in progress version released to YouTube in October 2019 had already won popular and critical acclaim.

Covers and samples[edit]

A sample of "Rise" is the entire musical groove of the 1997 number-one worldwide hit song, "Hypnotize", recorded by The Notorious B.I.G. and co-produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs.

"Run" by Bell Biv DeVoe samples the same portion sampled in "Hypnotize".

In 1999, Brazilian saxophonist Léo Gandelman included a remake of "Rise" in his album Brazilian Soul.

R&B singer Monica sampled the recording on the song "I'm Back" on her 2002 album All Eyez on Me.

In 2014, electronic music duo Glass Candy released a cover version of the song.


In film and television[edit]

Shortly after the song was released in 1979 it got an unexpected boost when it was used in a critical scene in the American soap opera General Hospital - the rape of Laura Webber Baldwin by Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary who played Luke, suggested the song to the series music director). The song was repeated several times a week for a short period afterward, until the storyline changed to make Luke and Laura a romantic couple.

In the 1981 Hindi movie Yaarana starring Amitabh Bachchan and Neetu Singh, Komal teaches Kishan some dance moves to this tune.

It was used in the 1984 pornographic film Nasty Nurses, starring Vanessa Del Rio.

It was also used in the 1980 episode "Hotel Oceanview" on WKRP In Cincinnati.

In 2017, the song made an appearance in the seventh episode of the first season of Mindhunter.

In 2019 the song made an appearance in an episode of American Horror Story: 1984.

In 2020 the song made an appearance in a French film from Gaumont and Netflix called "La vie scolaire", 2019. [5]


Chart (1979–80) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 1
Year-end chart (1979) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[8] 80
Year-end chart (1980) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[9] 54

All-time charts[edit]

Chart (1958–2018) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 544

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 29.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 19.
  3. ^ "Herb Alpert Chart History: Adult Contemporary". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Grammy Award Nominees 1980 – Grammy Award Winners 1980". Awardsandshows.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.allocine.fr/film/fichefilm_gen_cfilm=266409.html
  6. ^ "Herb Alpert: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Herb Alpert Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "1979 Talent in Action – Year End Charts : Pop Singles". Billboard. 91 (51): TIA-10. December 22, 1979.
  9. ^ "1980 Talent in Action – Year End Charts : Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 51. December 20, 1980. p. TIA-10. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.


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