Rise (instrumental)

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Single by Herb Alpert
from the album Rise
ReleasedJuly 20, 1979
Format7", 12-inch single
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" also spent one week atop the adult contemporary chart. "Rise" was successful on the other charts, peaking at number four on the R&B chart[1] and number seventeen on the disco chart.[2] The recording also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.[3] Songwriters Andy Armer and Randy 'Badazz' Alpert were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.[3]

"Rise" 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. Upon release, the instrumental received an unexpected burst of promotion: Jill Farren Phelps, musical director of the ABC soap opera General Hospital, decided to use "Rise" as the musical backdrop for the rape of Laura Webber by Luke Spencer. For several weeks afterward, the recording was played on the show to evoke the memory of Luke's act. The added exposure in an extremely popular program boosted sales to the point of selling more than one million copies.

Shortly after "Rise" became a hit in the United States, it became a hit in the United Kingdom when British disc jockeys were playing import copies of the record at the wrong speed.

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[edit]

It was used in the 1979 pornographic film Nurses Are Coming, starring Vanessa Del Rio.

In the 1981 Hindi movie Yaarana starring Amitabh Bachchan and Neetu Singh, Neetu Singh teaches Amitabh some dance moves to this tune. The piece almost plays full length as Amitabh masters disco dancing.

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


Chart (1979-80) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 1

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. ^ a b "Grammy Award Nominees 1980 – Grammy Award Winners 1980". Awardsandshows.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Herb Alpert: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ "Herb Alpert Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.


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