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Martin Denny (1911–2005)

Composer ("Forbidden Island", "Exotica"), songwriter, author and pianist, a student of Wesley La Violette and Arthur Lange. He toured South America with a band from 1931 to 1935, and served in the US Army Air Force during World War II. He was an accompanist for Hildegarde and Betty Hutton, and in 1955 formed a musical group in Hawaii, performing ... See full bio »


(age 93) in Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, USA

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 2015 Shameless (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Love Songs (In the Key of Gallagher) (2015) ... (performer: "Funba Rumba" - uncredited)
 2014 Supernatural (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Things We Left Behind (2014) ... (performer: "Quiet Village")
 2014 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (Documentary short) (performer: "Quiet Village")
 2012 Bank Roll (performer: "Manila") / (writer: "Manila")
 2011 Yellow Magic Orchestra Live at NHK (TV Movie) (writer: "FIRECRACKER")
 2007 The Nanny Diaries (performer: "Jungle Madness") / (writer: "Jungle Madness")
 2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (performer: "Hypnotique") / (writer: "Hypnotique")
 2002 New Best Friend (writer: "Golddigger")
 2001 Jennifer Lopez in Concert (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "I'm Real")
 2000 Ready to Rumble (performer: "Hypnotique", "Harlem Nocturne") / (writer: "Hypnotique")
 1999 The Woman Chaser (performer: "Lotus Land")
 1999 The Dogwalker (performer: "Harlem Nocturne")
 1999 Breakfast of Champions (performer: "Stranger in Paradise", "Forbidden Island", "Aku, Aku", "Similau", "Cobra", "Oro, God of Vengeance", "Llama Serenade", "Quiet Village", "Coronation", "Hypnotique", "My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekau, Hawaii", "Flamingo", "Escales", "Jungle Madness", "Song of the Bayou", "Kalua (Love Song of)", "Exotica") / (writer: "Forbidden Island", "Cobra", "Oro, God of Vengeance", "Hypnotique", "Jungle Madness", "Exotica")
 1992 Black Hearts Bleed Red (Short) (performer: "When first I Love")
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 1959 Forbidden Island
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 1963 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
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- From Los Angeles Day 4 (1963) ... Himself - Guest
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You know, I'm happy the music's back, because I'm frankly tired of hearing the same old thing. Rap music. High-voltage rock 'n' roll. What will kids today remember 20 years from now? There's hardly anything romantic or melodic. I think a whole lot of good music has been lost. [2003 interview]


One of the icons of lounge music, his many albums on Liberty Records, best-sellers in their day and collector's items now, include "Exotica," "Quiet Village," "The Enchanted Sea," "Primativa," "Martin Denny in Person," "Exotic Sounds of the Silver Screen," "Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway," with liner notes by Walter Winchell, "Latin Village," "The Versatile Martin Denny," "A Taste of Honey," "... See more »


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