Arthur Lyman

Arthur Lyman (February 2, 1932 – February 24, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player.wikipedia
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Arthur Lyman (February 2, 1932 – February 24, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player.
The vibraphone is commonly used in jazz music, in which it often plays a featured role and was a defining element of the sound of mid-20th-century "Tiki lounge" exotica, as popularized by Arthur Lyman.

Lounge music

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Lyman was known as "the King of Lounge music."
Exotica from such artists as Les Baxter, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman sold millions of records during its heyday.

Exotica

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His group popularized a style of faux-Polynesian music during the 1950s and 1960s which later became known as exotica.
Soon the new technology of stereo further opened up the musical palettes of Denny and other prominent exotica artists such as Arthur Lyman and Juan García Esquivel.

Martin Denny

It was there in 1954 that he met pianist Martin Denny, who, after hearing him play, offered the 21-year-old a spot in his band.
The original combo consisted of Augie Colon on percussion and birdcalls, Arthur Lyman on vibes, John Kramer on string bass, and Denny on piano.

Choucoune (song)

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Lyman's biggest pop single was "Yellow Bird," originally a Haitian song, which peaked at #4 in July 1961.
Exotica musician Arthur Lyman made the song a hit in 1961.

President William McKinley High School

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After graduating from McKinley High School in 1951, he put music on hold to work as a desk clerk at the Halekulani hotel.

Tiki culture

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When Denny's "Exotica" album was released on record in 1957 it became a smash hit, igniting a national mania for all things South Pacific during the lead-up to Hawaii becoming a state, including tiki-themed restaurants like Don the Beachcomber's and Trader Vic's, luaus, Oceanic art, exotic drinks, aloha shirts, and straw hats.
Other early pioneers included Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny, who played live at Don the Beachcomber and other venues.

Hilton Hawaiian Village

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Denny had been brought to Hawaii in January on contract by Don the Beachcomber, and stayed in Hawaii to play nightly in the Shell Bar at the Hawaiian Village.
Many records of the golden age of Exotica, notably most of Arthur Lyman's albums, were recorded at the dome, renowned for its acoustics and natural reverberation.

Les Baxter

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Baxter, alongside Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, is celebrated as one of the progenitors of exotica music.

Gene Rains

Apaka recruited the Gene Rains Group to perform in the Shell Bar at the Hawaiian Village, which was the hot spot for the Island's top performers, including Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman.

Jazz

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Arthur Lyman (February 2, 1932 – February 24, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player.

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Arthur Lyman (February 2, 1932 – February 24, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player.

Polynesia

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His group popularized a style of faux-Polynesian music during the 1950s and 1960s which later became known as exotica.

Stereophonic sound

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His albums became favorite stereo-effect demonstration discs during the early days of the stereophonic LP album for their elaborate and colorful percussion, deep bass and 3-dimensional recording soundstage.

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His albums became favorite stereo-effect demonstration discs during the early days of the stereophonic LP album for their elaborate and colorful percussion, deep bass and 3-dimensional recording soundstage.

Makiki

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When Arthur's father, a land surveyor, lost his eyesight in an accident on Kauai, the family settled in Makiki, a subdistrict of Honolulu.

Honolulu

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When Arthur's father, a land surveyor, lost his eyesight in an accident on Kauai, the family settled in Makiki, a subdistrict of Honolulu.

Benny Goodman

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Arthur's father was very strict with him, each day after school locking him in a room with orders to play along to a stack of Benny Goodman records "to learn what good music is."

Xylophone

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"I had a little toy marimba," Lyman later recalled, "a sort of bass xylophone, and from those old 78 rpm disks I learned every note Lionel Hampton recorded with the Goodman group."

Phonograph record

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"I had a little toy marimba," Lyman later recalled, "a sort of bass xylophone, and from those old 78 rpm disks I learned every note Lionel Hampton recorded with the Goodman group."

Lionel Hampton

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"I had a little toy marimba," Lyman later recalled, "a sort of bass xylophone, and from those old 78 rpm disks I learned every note Lionel Hampton recorded with the Goodman group."

Listerine

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At age eight he made his public debut playing his toy marimba on the Listerine Amateur Hour on radio station KGMB, Honolulu, playing "Twelfth Street Rag."

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At age eight he made his public debut playing his toy marimba on the Listerine Amateur Hour on radio station KGMB, Honolulu, playing "Twelfth Street Rag."

Twelfth Street Rag

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At age eight he made his public debut playing his toy marimba on the Listerine Amateur Hour on radio station KGMB, Honolulu, playing "Twelfth Street Rag."

United Service Organizations

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Lyman joined his father and brother playing USO shows on the bases at Kaneohe and Pearl Harbor.