Martin Denny

Martin Denny

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Born in New York, Mr. Denny toured widely with big bands in the 1930's, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and in the mid-50's found himself in Hawaii with an engagement at the Hawaiian Village Hotel at Waikiki. His group, a quartet that also featured Arthur Lyman on the vibraphone, played around a pool at the hotel in a natural setting, performing soft arrangements of popular songs with an odd instrument or two from Hawaii or places in Asia and the South Pacific such as conch shells, Indonesian and Burmese gongs, Japanese kotos, boobams and even the local forest animals and so in serendipity blended ingredients of Easy Listening, Jungle Noise, Smooth Jazz, Polynesian "Tiki" instrumentation, that would become Mr. Denny's musical signature sound: Exotica.
Mr. Denny's recording of Les Baxter's "Quiet Village" was released as a single in 1958 and reached the Top 5 of the Billboard pop charts.
His first album, "Exotica," with its image of a sultry model of indeterminate ethnicity peeking through a bamboo screen, stayed at No. 1 for five weeks in 1959.
"Exotica" and successive albums with titles like "Forbidden Island," "Afro-Desia" and "Primitiva" provided the soundtrack to the trend for stylized Polynesiana - tiki cups, Hawaiian shirts and the bikini - in the early cold-war era.
He died on Wednesday March 5 2005, at his home in Hawaii Kai, near Honolulu. He was 93.
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Martin Denny Discography

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LRP 3077, LRP-3077 Martin Denny Exotica Volume II (Album) Liberty, Liberty LRP 3077, LRP-3077 US 1957 Sell This Version
HBA 1079 Martin Denny Exotica (Album) Liberty HBA 1079 Australia 1956 Sell This Version
LRP 3087 Martin Denny Primitiva (Album) Liberty LRP 3087 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
LRP 3081 Martin Denny Forbidden Island (Album) Liberty LRP 3081 US 1958 Sell This Version
LST 7111 Martin Denny Afro-Desia (Album) Liberty LST 7111 US 1959 Sell This Version
LST-7102 Martin Denny Hypnotique (Album) Liberty LST-7102 US 1959 Sell This Version
HAM-G 6093 Martin Denny The Enchanted Sea (Album) Liberty HAM-G 6093 New Zealand 1959 Sell This Version
LRP 3116 Martin Denny Exotica Vol. III (Album) Liberty LRP 3116 US 1959 Sell This Version
LRP 3122 Martin Denny Quiet Village - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (Album) Liberty LRP 3122 US 1959 Sell This Version
LT-7158 Martin Denny Exotic Sounds From The Silver Screen (Album) Liberty LT-7158 US 1960 Sell This Version
LST 7163 Martin Denny Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway (Album) Liberty LST 7163 US 1960 Sell This Version
LST 7207 Martin Denny Romantica (Album) Liberty LST 7207 US 1961 Sell This Version
SAH-G 6187 Martin Denny Exotic Percussion - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (Album) Liberty SAH-G 6187 UK 1961 Sell This Version
LST 7224 Martin Denny In Person (Album) Liberty LST 7224 US 1962 Sell This Version
LSS-14020 Si Zentner And His Orchestra / Martin Denny Si Zentner And His Orchestra / Martin Denny - Exotica Suite (Album) Liberty LSS-14020 US 1962 Sell This Version
LRP-3237 Martin Denny A Taste Of Honey (Album) Liberty LRP-3237 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
LBY. 1130 F Martin Denny Another Taste Of Honey! (Album) Liberty LBY. 1130 F France 1963 Sell This Version
LBY 1166 Martin Denny The Versatile Martin Denny (Album) Liberty LBY 1166 UK 1963 Sell This Version
LST-7378 Martin Denny Latin Village (Album) Liberty LST-7378 US 1964 Sell This Version
LRP 3394 Martin Denny Hawaii Tattoo (Album) Liberty LRP 3394 US 1964 Sell This Version
LRP-3328 Martin Denny A Taste Of Hits (Album) Liberty LRP-3328 US 1964 Sell This Version
LST-7415 Martin Denny 20 Golden Hawaiian Hits (Album) Liberty LST-7415 US 1965 Sell This Version
LBY 1267 Martin Denny Spanish Village (Album) Liberty LBY 1267 UK 1965 Sell This Version
LST 7467 Martin Denny Golden Greats (Album) Liberty LST 7467 US 1966 Sell This Version
LRP-3438, LRP 3438 Martin Denny Martin Denny! (Album) Liberty, Liberty LRP-3438, LRP 3438 US 1966 Sell This Version