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Herb Alpert’s latest Grammy nomination, for contemporary instrumental album for “Human Nature,” puts the timeless music artist in the kudos hunt again, a quest he’s familiar with as he started competing and winning music industry awards more than 50 years ago.

When Variety first name-checked Alpert back in 1961, he was vocalist “Dore Alpert,” touted for work in a never-produced film. He’d already worked as an extra for Cecil B. DeMille on “The Ten Commandments,” co-written hits for Jan and Dean and the legendary R&B artist Sam Cooke, but he hadn’t recorded the single that launched him into the music business stratosphere. That record, “The Lonely Bull,” and his band, the Tijuana Brass, were only a year away.

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