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Fallout Shelter: Dore Alpert [1962]

Before Herb Alpert defined his well-known style as a pop jazz artist, he issued this atomic ditty under the name Dore Alpert. The song's storyline about a heartbroken teenager locking himself in a fallout shelter to escape a former love is but one of three songs with the title Fallout Shelter on this box set. The fact that each of these three songs is completely unique in style and subject matter is indicative of the sheer number of artists who elected to write and record atomic songs.

Pop musical Renaissance man Herb Alpert was born in Los Angeles in 1935 and started playing his trademark trumpet at the age of eight. In the late '50s he named with Lou Adler to write such songs as Sam Butera And The Witnesses' Bim Bam and (with Sam Cooke) What A Wonderful World. Alpert and Adler also produced Jan & Dean's Baby Talk, Lou Rawls' Love, Love, Love and Danté And The Evergreens' Alley Oop. In 1960, after he split with Adler, Alpert signed with RCA Victor Records under the name 'Dore' Alpert. In 1962 Alpert and Jerry Moss formed Carnival Records which was subsequently renamed A&M Records after the partners discovered that there was another label called Carnival. One of the earliest releases on the newly named label was The Lonely Bull by The Tijuana Brass (featuring Herb Alpert). By December 1962 the single had arrived in the Top Ten. With his famous backing band, Alpert would achieve additional hits such as A Taste Of Honey, Spanish Flea, Tijuana Taxi and Casino Royale. In 1968 Alpert contributed a rare vocal performance on Burt Bacharach's This Guy's In Love With You which became an international hit.

In the late '60s and early '70s Alpert signed a number of major acts to his label including The Flying Burrito Brothers, Joe Cocker, Cheech & Chong and most importantly The Carpenters. Alpert continued his own music career, scoring a Number One hit with 1979s Rise. His last major recording success was the single Diamonds which featured guest vocals from a very young Janet Jackson. In 1990 Alpert and Moss sold A&M to PolyGram for more than $500 million. Since 1990 the artist/businessman has kept busy by forming a new label called Almo Sounds (with Moss), co-producing Broadway musicals, exhibiting his own expressionistic paintings and by forming a philanthropic organization called The Herb Alpert Foundation.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Fallout Shelter: Dore Alpert [1962]

I'm gonna lock myself
In a fallout shelter
To get away from you
I'm gonna bolt the door
Never come out no more
Just to keep away from you

Oh, you
You terrible you
Tough, tough you

I'm gonna lock my heart
To keep out radiation
The kind you've got
Could blow out a nation
And never more will I open the door
Nnn ‘cause I might get contamination

From a-you
Terr-terrible you
Tough, tough you

Oh, you
Terr-terr-terrible you
Tough, tough you

Well if you change your mind
Just drop me a line
Push it through the ventilation

If you don't care, baby,
Slip me some air
And I'll stay for another generation

Oh, you
Terr-terrible you
Tough, tough you

Dore Alpert [1962]
Fallout Shelter
(Frank D'Amico-Herb Alpert)
Carnival Records CAR-1002

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