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March 06, 2005

Martin Denny,

93, who recorded 38 albums that defined a genre of tropical mood music dubbed "Exotica," which reflected tiki lounge culture, died Wednesday at his home in Hawaii Kai, near Honolulu.

He created a sound that he described as a fusion of Asian, South Pacific, American jazz, Latin American and classical. His relaxing compositions were frequently punctuated by wildlife sounds.

His original Exotica album was recorded in 1956. Several other albums played off the Exotica theme. His music was rediscovered in the 1990s, when most of his early catalog was reissued on CD.

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