[78-L] Exotica (was: Billboard archives)

Malcolm malcolm at 78data.com.invalid
Wed Jun 12 09:12:04 PDT 2019

Alas, my knowledge of popular Hawaiian music stops right around 
1958-1960, the time 78s were phased out. Martin Denny cut his first 
album "Exotica!" for Liberty in 1959 and, as far as I know, made no 78s. 
I am aware of the exotica genre which goes along with tikis, torches and 
some really odd alcoholic drinks, but Denny was only a sidebar to me as 
I was growing up and I have done very little research on him or the 
genre. In fact I thought exotica went back to the early fifties and fit 
in with bakelite radios, electric mixers and imitation palm trees. You 
know, the retro thing. So I ended up paying more attention to the social 
aspect of exotica, rather than the musical one.
So, it wouldn't surprise me if there were still exotica bars here in 
Hawaii, but I do not know of any. Then again, I don't get around much 
any more and avoid the local tourist destinations. My interest in bars 
stopped when I quit performing in them!


On 6/12/2019 3:41 AM, Kristjan Saag wrote:
> Come to think of it, Malcolm: I play quite a lot of exotica in my music
> programme: Arthur Lyman, Martin Denny, Les Baxter etc, and some modern
> exotica as well. There's a band even in my home town, Gothenburg, that
> plays such music - they write their own stuff and have been invited to
> the States to participate in festivals of exotica music.
> I wonder: what's the situation in Hawaii today - is there any presence
> of exotica ensembles like the ones that used to play in hotels and
> restaurants in the 1950's and 60's? After all, the whole thing started
> there with Martin Denny in the mid-50's, didn't it? (Apart from Les
> Baxter's early efforts, but he never left poolside in Hollywood, as far
> as I know.)
> Kristjan
> On 2019-06-12 04:29, Malcolm wrote:
>> Thanks to Donna H, Cary G, David L and all the other who replied to my
>> 78-L query. I was called out by a 78-L member recently for not
>> thanking listmembers who have helped me on one point or another. I
>> guess I thought it was not necessary because I've known most of you
>> for many years. But now that I've been told I really should spread the
>> thanks around I shall! THANKS! And if I can be of any help to youse
>> guys feel free to ask. My interests do go further than just Hawaiian
>> music, you know. Malcolm ******* On 6/11/2019 11:23 AM, Donna Halper
>> wrote:
>>> On 6/11/2019 12:24 PM, Malcolm wrote:
>>>> A while ago I found a website with a whole batch of  back issues of
>>>> Billboard.
>>> www.americanradiohistory.com not only has old digitized issues of
>>> Billboard but also Cashbox and Record World.
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