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2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss

  • Year:
  • Inducted by:
    Sting (The Police)
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award

Hall of Fame Essay


Barney Hoskyns

The history of American pop music is filled with great partnerships. Most of them, from Rodgers & Hart to Jam & Lewis, are songwriting teams working under pressure to create hits for the stars of the day. But occasionally fate brings together two highly talented men who create and build a record company with the same love and dedication that goes into the best songs.

 A&M Records, the brainchild of Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, remains one of the greatest labels launched in the 1960s, a decade when thousands of independents were born in America.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2006
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they each invested $100, distributing records from a garage in Hollywood




Photography: Getty/WireImage

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