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 11 1958
Forbidden Island 1958
Exotica Volume 111 1959
Quiet Village 1959
The Enchanted Sea 1960
Exotic Sounds from the Silver Screen 1960
Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway 1960
Exotic Percussion 1961
Alternative cover for the Romantica album too rude and weird to show.