Martin Denny, RIP

Most of you are too young to remember musician Martin
Denny
. He passed away recently at the age of 94. But in
the late 1950s and into the early 60s, he was at the
forefront of a style of music that is described as a “fusion
of Asian, South Pacific, American jazz, Latin American and
classical.”

I can still remember listening to my dad’s copy of
“Exotica” and the top five hit on the national charts “
Quiet Village
“.

Even today, there are those, like
The Forbidden Sounds of Don Tiki
that carry on the
tradition.

I think Denny and band mate Arthur Lyman were regulars at the Honolulu Elks Club (BPOE 616, where I was also a member), and from what I understand, he was a true gentleman and was always willing to help others. Indeed, while he was recently in declining health, he still performed at a February 13th fund raiser for the victims of the Asian
tsunami.

You can read more about this pioneer of music from a Honolulu
Star-Bulletin article here
or the wikipedia link
above.

Have a Great Weekend, Everyone – Aloha!

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