HONOLULU (AP) - Musician Martin Denny, known for creating a unique genre of pop music that enjoyed a renewed popularity with lounge music and tiki culture, died Wednesday, his daughter said. He was 93.
Denny created a sound that he described as a fusion of Asian, South Pacific, American jazz, Latin American and classical. He was best known for his song and album entitled "Quiet Village."
Born in 1911 in New York City, Denny studied piano as a child, and as a young man toured South America with a six-piece band, picking up the Latin elements that would later influence his sound.
During the 1950s and 60s, Denny was a fixture in Waikiki, playing the old Shell Bar at the Kaiser Hawaiian Village Hotel and Don the Beachcomber's, which later became Duke Kahanamoku's in the International Market Place.
His music was rediscovered by a new generation of fans in the 1990s, when most of his early catalog was reissued on CD.