Music: Drummer Boy with a Horn

Everybody remembers the name of the fellow who played Moses in the 1956 film remake of The Ten Commandments. Right. Charlton Heston. But who was that fellow with his bare back to the camera who played the drum while Charlton strode down the mountain with the tablets? He was a little nobody, a movie extra who just happened to have the kind of graceful dorsal muscles and shoulder blades the director was looking for. Herb Alpert has since become considerably more than a name that everybody remembers, or a man who hires his own...

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