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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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The Nanny Diaries Soundtrack
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 2018 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Midnight at the Concord (2018) ... (performer: "Hawaiian War Chant")
- The Punishment Room (2018) ... (performer: "Quiet Village")
 2016 Atlanta (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Jacket (2016) ... (writer: "I'm Real" - uncredited)
 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")
 2008 Mad Men (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Jet Set (2008) ... (performer: "Misirlou" - uncredited)
 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 Special 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")
 1995 Live Nude Girls (performer: "The Enchanted Sea") / (writer: "The Enchanted Sea")
 1992 Black Hearts Bleed Red (Short) (performer: "When first I Love")
 1952 La vie des animaux (TV Series documentary) (arranger: "Quiet Village") / (performer: "Quiet Village")
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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]


Director John Sturges was a big fan of Denny's music. While filming some background scenes in Burma for the Frank Sinatra movie Never So Few (1959), Sturges and the crew climbed to the top of a mountain where they found a Buddhist temple. Although neither party spoke the other's language, Sturges managed to buy a slew of percussion instruments which he gave to Denny as a gift. Sturges also wrote ... See more »


Bird calls, initially courtesy of percussionist August Colon

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