- Rise (Herb Alpert song)
Name = Rise
from Album = Rise
Released = 1979
Format = 7",
Genre = Pop
Length = 7:35
Writer = Andy Armer, Randy Badazz Alpert
Producer = Herb Alpert, Randy Badazz Alpert
Chart position = * #1 (
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"Rise" is a song written by Andy Armer and Randy Badazz Alpert, and first recorded by
trumpeter Herb Alpert. The instrumentaltrack was included on Alpert's solo album "Rise" and released as a single in 1979. It reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100in 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. The recording also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
"Rise" was originally recorded as an uptempo dance song, however, Herb and Randy tried slowing the tempo down to 100bpm. Upon release, the song received an unexpected burst of promotion: Jill Phelps, musical director of the ABC
soap opera" General Hospital", decided to use "Rise" as the musical backdrop for the rapeof Laura Webberby 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 Kingdomwhen British disk jockeys were playing import copies of the record at the wrong speed (American 12-inch singles are played at 33 revolutions per minute, the same as an LP, while British and European 12-inch singles are played as 45 RPM).
In the 1981 Hindi movie "Yaarana" starring
Amitabh Bachchanand Neetu Singh, Neetu Singh teaches Amitabh some dance moves to this song. The song almost plays full length as Amitabh masters disco dancing.
A sample of "Rise" is the entire musical groove of the 1997 world-wide hit song, "Hypnotize", recorded by
The Notorious B.I.G.and co-produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs. It was also sampled for Blue's 2002 single Fly By II
Luke Spencer and Laura Webber
*"The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits", 6th Edition, 1996
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