Martin Denny

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Birthday
10, 1911
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Mar 2, 2005 (93)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
10, 1911
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Mar 2, 2005 (93)

About

Avant-garde pianist known as the father of exotica. He popularized Tiki culture songs.

Before Fame

He realized the croaking of bullfrogs near a Hawaiian resort at which he was playing could be incorporated neatly into his music.

Trivia

His cover of Les Baxter's Quiet Village reached No. 2 on the charts, and his influence gave two other founders of exotica, Arthur Lyman and Julius Wechter, their starts.

Family Life

He grew up in New York, his parents nurturing his talent for piano by enrolling him in lessons under Lester Spitz and Isadore Gorn when he was just 10.

Associated With

He and Yma Sumac of The Peruvian Songbird both achieved prominence as exotica musicians.