As of 1996, Alpert had sold 72 million albums worldwide. Alpert himself began trumpet lessons at the age of eight and played at dances as a teenager.Acquiring an early wire recorder in high school, he experimented on this crude equipment.Alpert also has created abstract expressionist paintings and sculpture over two decades, which are publicly displayed on occasion. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist («This Guy’s in Love with You», 1968), and an instrumentalist («Rise», 1979). from Radomyshl (in present-day Ukraine) and Romania.
After graduating from Fairfax High School in 1952, he joined the United States Army and frequently performed at military ceremonies.
After his service in the Army, Alpert tried his hand at acting, but eventually settled on pursuing a career in music.
While attending the University of Southern California in the 1950s, he was a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band for two years.
In 1956, he appeared in the uncredited role «Drummer on Mt. In 1962, he had an uncredited part in a scene in the film Mr.
Hobbs Takes a Vacation where he played (and performed a solo) in a dance band.