The "A" of A&M Records, Herb Alpert, is in the midst of recording a new Christmas album. It's release date is not this Christmas but tentatively scheduled for next year this same time.
The founder of the label that brought us The Police, Sting, and so many others, also made solo pop stars out of Peter Frampton and Janet Jackson, and a household name out of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Alpert has enlisted his old friend, brother Richard, for the disc. They'll be recording a new version of the Carpenters classic Merry Christmas Darling.
While Herb is still going strong and recording into his 80's, this will be the first appearance of Richard Carpenter on disc in quite awhile. Should be terrific as Richard is an amazing arranger, composer and producer. Perhaps this will lead up to something new in celebration of the Carpenters 50th Anniversary of their first A&M record back in 1969.