my uncle, who lives in the city of brotherly love, still has those, too!
If you like Mancini then you NEED Ogermann, you'll be amazed, and of course, never to be forgotten Burt Bacharach...if I listen to Dionne Warwick asking for the way to San Jose, the sun comes up...and stays up! And at the end of the evening, maybe a little bit Bert Kaempfert...
btw: both Ogermann and Bacharach are of German origin, which makes me a little bit proud...*ggg*
as for Herb Alpert, that's what I found on the www:
Born March 31, 1935, Los Angeles, California.
Alpert grew up in L.A. and joined the U.S. Army after high school. He ended up in an Army band, and used his G.I. benefits to attend the University of Southern California after he got out. He soon dropped out of college, though, and knocked around until he got a job with Keen Records, whose leading star was early soul great Sam Cooke. While working at Keen, Alpert wrote "Wonderful World" for Cooke, and it became one of Cooke's all-time hits. Alpert also dabbled in acting during this time, and even got a bit part in The Ten Commandments. .....and so!