Tag: Martin Denny

Father of Exotica Martin Denny

Happy birthday to the “father of exotica” Martin Denny, born on this day April 10, 1911 in New York, NY. Here is his enchanting exotica version of the Mediterranean folk song “Misirlou.”

A Modern History of Tiki Music

In his essay of the “Cultures of Tiki,” Scott Lukas noted that in modern presentations of Tiki cultures that had little to do with Tiki of the past like the soft surf culture and the former car culture. These are now becoming a part of the Tiki culture. This is particularly true of surf music, …

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