Martin Denny

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Born April 10, 1911 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.
1990: Winner of a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award under the auspices of the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts.
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LRP 3077, LRP-3077 Exotica Volume II — Martin Denny Martin Denny Exotica Volume II (Album) Liberty, Liberty LRP 3077, LRP-3077 US 1957 Sell This Version
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LRP 3034 Exotica — Martin Denny Martin Denny Exotica (Album) Liberty LRP 3034 US 1957 Sell This Version
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LRP 3087 Primitiva — Martin Denny Martin Denny Primitiva (Album) Liberty LRP 3087 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
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LRP 3081 Forbidden Island — Martin Denny Martin Denny Forbidden Island (Album) Liberty LRP 3081 US 1958 Sell This Version
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LST7102 Hypnotique — Martin Denny Martin Denny Hypnotique (Album) Liberty, Liberty LST7102 US 1959 Sell This Version
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LRP 3116 Exotica Vol. III — Martin Denny Martin Denny Exotica Vol. III (Album) Liberty LRP 3116 US 1959 Sell This Version
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LST 7122 Quiet Village - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny — Martin Denny Martin Denny Quiet Village - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (Album, Single) Liberty LST 7122 US 1959 Sell This Version
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LST 7111 Afro-Desia — Martin Denny Martin Denny Afro-Desia (Album) Liberty LST 7111 US 1959 Sell This Version
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LRP 3141 The Enchanted Sea — Martin Denny Martin Denny The Enchanted Sea (Album) Liberty LRP 3141 US 1959 Sell This Version
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LT-7158 Exotic Sounds From The Silver Screen — Martin Denny Martin Denny Exotic Sounds From The Silver Screen (Album) Liberty LT-7158 US 1960 Sell This Version
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LST 7163 Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway — Martin Denny Martin Denny Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway (Album) Liberty LST 7163 US 1960 Sell This Version
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LST 7207 Romantica — Martin Denny Martin Denny Romantica (Album) Liberty LST 7207 Australia 1961 Sell This Version
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DLRP-3168 Exotic Percussion - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny — Martin Denny Martin Denny Exotic Percussion - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (Album) Liberty DLRP-3168 US 1961 Sell This Version
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LST - 7224 In Person — Martin Denny Martin Denny In Person (Album) Liberty, Liberty LST - 7224 US 1962 Sell This Version
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LRP-3237 A Taste Of Honey — Martin Denny Martin Denny A Taste Of Honey (Album) Liberty LRP-3237 US 1962 Sell This Version
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LBY 1106 Exotica Suite — Martin Denny Si Zentner And His Orchestra / Martin Denny Si Zentner And His Orchestra / Martin Denny - Exotica Suite (Album) Liberty LBY 1106 UK 1962 Sell This Version
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LRP-3277 Another Taste Of Honey! — Martin Denny Martin Denny Another Taste Of Honey! (Album, MiniAlbum) Liberty LRP-3277 US 1963 Sell This Version
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LRP-3307 The Versatile Martin Denny — Martin Denny Martin Denny The Versatile Martin Denny (Album) Liberty LRP-3307 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
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LST-7328 A Taste Of Hits — Martin Denny Martin Denny A Taste Of Hits (Album) Liberty LST-7328 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
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LRP-3378 Latin Village — Martin Denny Martin Denny Latin Village (Album) Liberty LRP-3378 US 1964 Sell This Version
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LRP 3394 Hawaii Tattoo — Martin Denny Martin Denny Hawaii Tattoo (Album) Liberty, Liberty LRP 3394 US 1964 Sell This Version
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LST-7415 20 Golden Hawaiian Hits — Martin Denny Martin Denny 20 Golden Hawaiian Hits (Album) Liberty LST-7415 US 1965 Sell This Version
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LBY 1267 Spanish Village — Martin Denny Martin Denny Spanish Village (Album) Liberty LBY 1267 UK 1965 Sell This Version
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LST 7467, LST-7467 (0) Golden Greats — Martin Denny Martin Denny Golden Greats (Album) Liberty LST 7467, LST-7467 (0) Australia 1966 Sell This Version
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LRP-3488 Hawaii — Martin Denny Martin Denny Hawaii (Album) Liberty LRP-3488 US 1966 Sell This Version