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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Martin Denny Exotica Volume II (Album) Liberty, Liberty US 1957 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Exotica (Album) Liberty US 1957 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Primitiva (Album) Liberty Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Forbidden Island (Album) Liberty US 1958 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Afro-Desia (Album) Liberty US 1959 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Hypnotique (Album) Liberty US 1959 Sell This Version
Martin Denny The Enchanted Sea (Album) Liberty New Zealand 1959 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Exotica Vol. III (Album) Liberty US 1959 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Quiet Village - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (Album) Liberty US 1959 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Exotic Sounds From The Silver Screen (Album) Liberty US 1960 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway (Album) Liberty US 1960 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Romantica (Album) Liberty US 1961 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Exotic Percussion - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (Album) Liberty UK 1961 Sell This Version
Martin Denny In Person (Album) Liberty US 1962 Sell This Version
Si Zentner And His Orchestra / Martin Denny Si Zentner And His Orchestra / Martin Denny - Exotica Suite (Album) Liberty US 1962 Sell This Version
Martin Denny A Taste Of Honey (Album) Liberty Canada 1962 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Another Taste Of Honey! (Album) Liberty France 1963 Sell This Version
Martin Denny The Versatile Martin Denny (Album) Liberty UK 1963 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Latin Village (Album) Liberty US 1964 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Hawaii Tattoo (Album) Liberty, Liberty US 1964 Sell This Version
Martin Denny A Taste Of Hits (Album) Liberty US 1964 Sell This Version
Martin Denny 20 Golden Hawaiian Hits (Album) Liberty US 1965 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Spanish Village (Album) Liberty UK 1965 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Golden Greats (Album, Comp) Liberty US 1966 Sell This Version
Martin Denny Martin Denny! (Album) Liberty, Liberty US 1966 Sell This Version