THE POP world is going movie mad.
The Beatles started it with Hard Day’s Night and Help.
The Dave Clark Five followed quickly with Having a Wild Weekend and Herman’s Hermits have just jumped in with Hold On.
And we’re still waiting for the completion and release of flicks by the Rolling Stones and Sonny and Cher.
But there’s one group that’s not so anxious to jump into the movie bag, and that’s Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
They’ve received and turned down numerous offers from almost every major movie company.
They’ve turned them all down for the same reason — they want to keep the rights to music recording and publishing.
Offers of over 5250,000 have been discussed but always turned down because the movie companies wanted to keep the music rights.
There are current negotiations going on for a film bow for the group in a Joseph E. Levine film and a possible movie of their own, but all hinges on who gets the music rights.
All of the Brass’ recordings have been produced and released through A&M Records, owned jointly by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, and they plan to stay with A&M in all fields.
Meanwhile, the group is cutting down their television appearances to allow for more live shows.
After taping a Hollywood Palace segment to be aired April 30, they plan only one TV special for next season and then are saying ‘no’ to other guestings.
They are currently completing a 14-city tour which started April 9 in Detroit and ends April 23 in Chicago. The entire tour was a complete sellout including a two day stint in Carnegie Hall.
Although a TJB movie doesn’t seem evident right away, the group has made a 12 minute film for use as a promotion aid for an upcoming European tour. The group made the film at a cost of $10,000 to themselves, but you can bet they have the music rights to it.
By the way, for those of you who haven’t quite gotten past the handsome Mr. Alpert, his six side-men, the Tijuana Brass, are Lou Pagani, Tawny Kalash, Bob Edmundwon, Pat Senatore, Nick Cerolli and John Paisano.
© Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, 7 May 1966