The Exotic World Of Sandy Warner and Martin Denny

Martin Denny was the father of exotica, the king of lounge music. The first Exotica album went to Number 1 on the Billboard charts, the Quiet Village album Number 2. This from wikipedia:

During an engagement at the Shell Bar, Denny discovered what would become his trademark and the birth of “exotica.” The bar had a very exotic setting: a little pool of water right outside the bandstand, rocks and palm trees growing around, very quiet and relaxed. As the group played at night, Denny became aware of bullfrogs croaking. The croaking blended with the music and when the band stopped, so did the frogs. Denny thought this to be a coincidence, but when he tried the tune again later, the same thing happened. This time, his bandmates began doing all sorts of tropical bird calls as a gag. The band thought it nothing more than a joke. The next day, though, someone approached Denny and asked if he would do the arrangement with the birds and frogs. The more Denny thought about it, the more it made sense. At rehearsal, he had the band do “Quiet Village” with each doing a bird call spaced apart. Denny did the frog part on a grooved cylinder and the whole thing became incorporated into the arrangement of “Quiet Village”. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Sandy Warner allegedly appeared on the first 12 Martin Denny album covers. All the websites seem to say that…except I am counting 13 here. Here they are in chronological order.Could it possibly be that the 13th cover has 2 versions the second of which no one wants to talk about? Ha Ha! Go to album 13 and the link below it if you dare.

Exotica 1957

Martin Denny Exotica Cover Art

Exotica 11 1958

Martin Denny Exotica Volume ll Cover Art

Forbidden Island 1958

Martin Denny Forbidden Island Cover Art

Primitiva 1958

Martin Denny Hypnotique Cover Art

Hypnotique 1959

Martin Denny Primitiva Cover Art

Afro-Desia 1959

Martin Denny Afro-Desia Cover Art

Exotica Volume 111 1959

Martin Denny Exotica Volume lll Cover Art

Quiet Village 1959

Martin Denny Quiet Village Cover Art

The Enchanted Sea 1960

Martin Denny The Enchanted Sea Cover Art

Exotic Sounds from the Silver Screen 1960

Martin Denny Silver Screen Cover Art

Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway 1960

Martin Denny Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway Cover Art

Exotic Percussion 1961

Martin Denny Exotic Percussion Cover Art

Romantica 1961

Martin Denny Romantica Cover Art

Alternative cover for the Romantica album too rude and weird to show.

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5 Responses to “The Exotic World Of Sandy Warner and Martin Denny”

  1. AlienRendel October 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Cool. I have a couple of these, but never realized that it was the same model on all of the covers.

  2. Marty Willson-Piper November 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Yes and she is on a couple of other later ones too…she can change certainly her look. I hope it’s true, I read it somewhere or other and it seemed to make sense. I think she is still alive…it would be nice to just ask her about it.

  3. delay plus chorus November 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Those records are terrific! I own Quiet Village and Enchanted Sea, and a number of other Denny tracks that were included in Capitol Records’ outstanding Ultra-Lounge series from a few years ago. (A series that, by the way, set quite a high standard of its own for clever cover art and liner notes.)

    It’s interesting to read that Sandra Warner had a twin sister named Sonia. Imagine being a teenage boy growing up down the street from those girls! Dear me….


    By coincidence, Sandra Warner was the villain/murder victim in a Perry Mason episode that just aired here this morning. She was quite dynamic in the role — up until she was found floating in the swimming pool, anyway.

  4. Shop99er November 6, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    Turns out, she appears on at least 33 covers. I have 25 of them, including her one and only release, Fair and Warner.

    The model on the cover for Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway is not Ms. Warner. She had a small cleft in her chin, and this model doesn’t. It is possible that this is her sister, Sonia, but I don’t know.

    Sadly, it appears that Sandy Warner died in California in 1995.

    • Marty Willson-Piper November 8, 2016 at 4:10 am #

      Thanks for that shop99er.

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