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Friday, June 01, 2007

The Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny: Exotic Percussion

Tuna Melt Exotica!

For the next month (or so) The Tuna Melt is going to be concentrating on Things Related to TIKI. The wife and I are headed down to Fort Lauderdale in a couple of weeks to attend the 2007 installment of The Hukilau, a celebration of Midcentury Polynesian Pop Culture. Go here now to see what that's all about: http://www.thehukilau.com/2007/.

I'm sure that many of you are already tuned in to what Exotica Music is and is all about. For those who are not, however, allow me to introduce The King.

Martin Denny invented the genre and he did it all by himself. People like to point out that Les Baxter wrote the song "Quiet Village" in 1951, but it was Denny who recorded the Quintessential "Quiet Village" in 1957. And he did it on his own terms, with his own band and with his own bird calls.

This record came out four years into the Exotica craze in 1961. Percussion was a big thing about that time, so Exotic Percussion was just natural. The instruments listed as having been used on this record include: Tuned Burmese Gongs, Wood Chimes, Steel Chimes, Samisen, Magna Harp, Celeste, Celestette, Ipo, Marimba, Bongos, Wind Chimes, Vibes, Piccolo Xylophones, Marimbula and Everyone's Favorites, of course, BOO BAMS!!!

  1. My Tane (My Man)
  2. Cumana
  3. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
  4. Day Delight
  5. Moonlight on the Ganges
  6. Cherokee (Indian Love Song)
  7. Misirlou
  8. Anna
  9. Song of the Bayou
  10. Moonlight and Shadows
  11. My Shawl
  12. The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish


Joseph Turk said...

Wow! What a great post! I'm still a newbie to exotica music, but I know Denny is one of the masters of this genre. I envy you, by the way, sounds like your trip to Hukilau is going to be a blast. I look forward to more exotica posts in the next few weeks.

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the cover, it's a little lower than any that I've come across.

Traitor Vic said...

Ah, yeah! That's about as low as it goes! Thanks for the appreciation.

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