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Arthur Lyman

As the vibraphonist for Martin Denny's group, Lyman was instrumental in crafting the sound of exotica. Lyman didn't stay with Denny for long, however, leaving the ensemble in 1957 to start a solo career that was nearly as successful as Denny's. To no one's surprise, Lyman's albums sounded very much like Denny's, with even more of a somnambulant feel. Much of the public wanted to relax, though, and they sent his debut, "Taboo," to number six in the album charts in 1958. In addition to playing vibes on his group's recordings, Lyman also played some guitar, piano, and drums, as well as paying careful attention to using stereophonic sound.

Lyman also had a few hit singles, with "Taboo" and "Love for Sale" reaching the middle of the charts, and "Yellow Bird" (the only big exotica hit besides Denny's "Quiet Village") making number four in 1961. Like Denny (though to a lesser extent), Lyman experienced a resurgence in popularity in the '90s, when the space age pop revival made it acceptable to drag out his old LPs and sit in tiki bars again. He continued performing for tourists in Waikiki until a year before his death from throat cancer on February 24, 2002. ~ Richie Unterberger
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Isle Of Golden Dreams

1. Isle Of Golden Dreams

2. Colonel Bogey March

3. Taboo

4. On The Street Where You Live

6. Whispering Reef Lullaby

7. Pele

8. Caribbean Nights

9. Beyond The Reef

10. Kawohikukapulani

11. Sakura

12. Body And Soul

13. Quiet Village

14. Akaka Falls

15. Beautiful Kahana

16. Misirlou

17. Jungle Fantasy

18. Happy Voodoo

19. Moon Over A Ruined Castle

20. How High The Moon

21. Trigger Fantasy

22. Hawaiian War Chant

23. Hi'lili, Hi-Lo

24. Otome San

25. Hilawe

26. Lullaby Of The Leaves

27. Fascination

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Track List: Arthur Lyman's Greatest Hits

1. Taboo

2. Love For Sale

3. Jungle Drums

4. Black Orchid

5. Afro Blues

6. Bwana A

7. Yellow Bird

8. Cotton Fields

9. Blue Hawaii

10. Midnight Sun

11. Hawaii Tattoo

12. Pele

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Track List: Return To Paradise

1. Taboo Tu

2. Ebb Tide

3. Babalik Ka Rin

4. Sakura

5. The Moon Of Manakoora

6. Jungle Fantasy

7. Return To Paradise

8. Hi Lili Hi Lo

9. Mangwani Mpulele

10. Beautiful Kahana

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Track List: Many Moods Of Arthur Lyman

1. Sicilian Holiday

2. Jungle Flower

3. Anna

4. Babalu

5. Something Wonderful

6. March Of The Siamese Children

7. El Cid

8. Pua Maiole

9. America

10. Ka Anoi

11. Londonderry Air

12. Planting Rice

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Track List: At The Port Of Los Angeles

1. Busy Port

2. Red Sails In The Sunset

3. Sea Breeze

4. Ebb Tide

5. Theme From "Mutiny On The Bounty"

6. One Night In Nagoya

7. Harbor Lights

8. Ports Of Paradise

9. Quiet Village

10. Theme From "The Sandpiper"

11. Medley From "South Pacific"

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Track List: Isle Of Enchantment

1. Isle Of Enchantment

2. Charade

3. Orange Tamore

4. The HIgh And The Mighty

5. Isa Lei

6. Swingin' Shepherd Blues

7. Guadalajara

8. The Proposal

9. Sho Joji

10. Koko Ni Sachiari

11. Lei Aloha Lei Makami

12. Et Maintenant

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Track List: The Winner's Circle

1. The Windmills Of Your Mind From "The Thomas Crown Affair"

2. Talk To The Animals From "Dr. Doolittle"

3. Mrs. Robinson From "The Graduate"

4. Love Is Blue

5. Those Were The Days

6. With A Little Help From My Friends

7. Camelot

8. Sunrise Sunset From "Fiddler On The Roof"

9. The Look Of Love

10. Honey

11. The Sound Of Silence From "The Graduate"

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Track List: The Colorful Percussions Of Arthur Lyman

1. Exodus

2. I Talked To The Trees

3. Carabunta

4. Blue Hawaii

5. Rhumba Rhapsody

6. Aloha No Honolulu

7. Never On Sunday

8. The Wreck Of The "John B"

9. Tangi Tika

10. Geisha Waltz

11. Red Sails In The Sunset

12. Moanin'

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Track List: Latitude 20

1. Latitude 20

2. Hawaii

3. The Day The Fish Came Out

4. Manha de Carnaval

5. Island In The Sun

6. Maori Flea

7. Ode To Billie Joe

8. Our Song

9. Wunderbar

10. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen

11. Alfie

12. The Days Of My Youth

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Track List: On Broadway

1. The King And I

2. My Fair Lady

3. Porgy And Bess

4. South Pacific

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Track List: Hawaiian Sunset Vol. 2 (Digitally Remastered)

1. Blue Hawaii

2. Beyond The Reef

3. Sea Breeze

4. Singing Bamboo

5. Pua Maeole

6. Red Sails In The Sunset

7. Love Song Of Kalua

8. Lei Aloha Lei Makamae

9. South Pacific Moonlight

10. Sweet Someone

11. Beautiful Kahana

12. Honolulu Nites

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Track List: Call Of The Midnight Sun

1. Hello, Dolly

2. A Maile Lei For Your Hair

3. Midnight Sun

4. Room Without Windows

5. 500 Miles

6. People

7. Black Orchid

8. Hamabe No Uta

9. The Girl From Ipanema

10. Day And Night

11. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair

12. Get Me To The Church On Time

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Track List: Blowin' In The Wind (Digitally Remastered)

1. Railroad

2. Blowin' In The Wind

3. Eden's Island

4. Arri Rang

5. He's Gone Away

6. Arthur's Line

7. Brazilleros (Bossa Nova)

8. My Coloring Book

9. Watermelon Man

10. Fantasia Mexicana

11. Sweet Someone

12. Suzy's Waltz

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Track List: Cotton Fields (Digitally Remastered)

1. Jungle Drums

2. Greensleeves

3. Walk On The Wild Side

4. Limbo Rock (Bossa Nova)

5. This Is My Beloved

6. Hawaiian War Chant (Bossa Nova)

7. Cotton Fields

8. Singing Bamboo

9. Brazil (Bossa Nova)

10. Little Girl Blue

11. Scarlet Ribbons

12. I Ain't Down Yet

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Track List: Essential Gold (Digitally Remastered)

Disc 1

1. Love For Sale

2. Caravan

3. Hawaiian War Chant

4. Taboo

5. Bahia

6. Jungle Jalopy

7. Jungle Fantasy

8. Koni Au Ika Wai

9. Ebb Tide

10. Taboo Tu

11. Yellow Bird

12. Havah Nagila

13. I Talk To The Trees

14. Never On Sunday

15. Aloha No Honolulu

16. Moanin'

17. Anna

18. America

19. Planting Rice

20. Misirlou

Disc 2

1. Windmills Of Your Mind

2. Love

3. Cotton Fields

4. Limbo Rock (Bossa Nova)

5. Jungle Drums

6. Sentimental Journey

7. Blowin' In The Wind

8. I've Been Working On The Railroad

9. He's Gone Away

10. Suzy's Waltz

11. Arthur's Line

12. Get Me To The Church On Time

13. Hello Dolly

14. Black Orchid

15. Afro Blues

16. Waltzing Matilda

17. The (Jungle) Cat

18. Lemon Tree

19. The Lonely Mind

20. Dahil Sayo

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Track List: Greatest Hits Of Arthur Lyman Taboo

1. Taboo

2. Misirlou

3. Caravan

4. Pele

6. Tropical

7. Quiet Village

8. Maui Chimes

9. Taboo Tu

10. Havah Nagilah

11. Yellow Bird

12. Bolero

13. Blue Hawaii

14. Love For Sale

15. Love Dance

16. Jungle Drums

17. Hawaiian War Chant

18. Cotton Fields

19. Midnight Sun

20. Black Orchid

21. Honolulu Nites

22. Afro Blue

23. Polynesia

24. Hawaii Tatoo

25. Aphrodisia

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Track List: Music Of Hawaii

1. Bwana A

2. Pele

3. Queen Serenade

4. Hii Lawe

6. Kawohikukupulani

7. Taboo Tu

8. Babalik Ka Rin

9. Sakura

10. Mangwani Mpulele

11. Honolulu Nites

12. Waimea Waltz

13. One Night In Hilo

14. Aloha Amigo

15. Polynesia

16. Bwana Toshi

17. Kamakani Kai Li Aloha

18. Aphrodisia

19. Maui

20. Kuu Ipo Ka Hee

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Track List: The Very Best Of Arthur Lyman - The Sensual Sounds Of Exotica

1. Yellow Bird

2. Hawaiian War Chant

3. Adventures In Paradise

4. La Paloma

5. Misirlou

6. Fire Down Below

7. Quiet Village

8. Havah Nagila

9. Caravan

10. Love Dance

11. Jungle Drums

12. Bolero

13. The Moon Of Manakoora

14. Love For Sale

15. Taboo

16. Blue Hawaii

17. Anna

18. Beyond The Reef

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Track List: Taboo 2

1. Taboo Tu

2. Ebb Tide

3. Babalik Ka Rin

4. Sakura

5. The Moon Of Manakoora

6. Jungle Fantasy

7. Love Dance

8. Return To Paradise

9. Hi'Lili, Hi-Lo

10. Mangwani Mpulele

11. Beautiful Kahana

12. Koni Au Ika Wai

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Track List: Puka Shells

1. Puka Shells

2. Skybird

3. Paoakalani

4. Gingele

5. My Eyes Adored You

6. Legend Of The Rain

7. Mystic Island

8. Guava Tree

9. Adios Marquita Linda

10. Loving Him Was Easier

11. Lonely Sky

12. Swingers Lullaby

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Track List: The Exotic Sounds Of Arthur Lyman

1. Yellow Bird

3. Quiet Village

4. Love For Sale

5. Ye Lai Sian

6. Moon Over A Ruined Castle

7. Brazilleros

8. Dahil Sayo

9. Hava Nagila

10. Bwana A

11. Pele

13. Aloha Amigo

14. Polynesia

15. Taboo Tu

16. Aphrodisia

17. Hi'ilawe

18. Tropical Night

19. Drums Of Hawaii

20. Honolulu Nites

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Track List: Pearly Shells

1. Poinciana

2. Stranger In Paradise

3. Te Manu Pukarua

4. Shangri-La

5. Now Is The Hour

6. Vini Vini

7. South Sea Island Magic

8. Pearly Shels

9. Offshore

10. Baubles, Bangles And Beads

11. Song Of India

12. Pu Pu Hino Hino

13. Song Of Delilah

14. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

15. Waltz Latino

16. Simulau

17. Aloha Oe

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Track List: Today's Greatest Hits

1. Everybody's Talking

2. Midnight Cowboy

3. Hawaii Five-O

4. Aquarius

5. Abergavenny

6. Spinning Wheel

7. Good Morning Starshine

8. Theme From A Summer Place

9. Hey Jude

10. California Sun

11. Love Theme From "Romeo And Juliet"

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Track List: Aphrodisia (Remastered)

1. Aphrodisia

2. Billy Boy

3. Sunny

4. Old Plantation

5. Mexico

6. Mas Que Nada

7. One Paddle - Two Paddle

8. O O

9. All My Trials

10. Kyoto

11. Kuu Ipo Ika Hee

12. Goin' Out Of My Head

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Track List: Ilikai (Remastered)

1. Ain't No Big Thing

2. Born Free

3. Shells

4. Lahaina Luna

5. Clair De Lune

6. Ilikai

7. (The) Work Song

8. Tiny Bubbles

9. Lara's Theme

10. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

11. Upon A Lonely Beach

12. La Bomba

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Track List: The Shadow Of Your Smile (Remastered)

1. I'll Remember You

2. Zorba The Greek

3. Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)

4. E Lei Ka Lei Lei (The Beach Party Song)

5. Sound Of Music Medley: (A) The Sound Of Music (B) My Favorite Things (C) Do Re Mi (D) Climb Eevery Mountain

6. Marobi

7. Imua Kamehameha

8. Yesterday

9. The Shadow Of Your Smile

10. Kamalani O Keaukaha

11. Hang On Sloopy

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Track List: Lyman '66

1. Lemon Tree

2. Taste Of Honey

3. Fiddler On The Roof

4. Dear Heart

5. (Seems Like) Only Yesterday

6. Medley From Mary Poppins

7. Kon Tiki

8. The (Jungle) Cat

9. The Boy From Laupahoehoe

10. Waimea Cowboy

11. Ports Of Paradise

12. Bird Train

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Track List: Polynesia

1. Afro Blues

2. One Night In Tokyo

3. Waltzing Matilda

4. Malagueña Salerosa

5. Drifting Sampan

6. More

7. Polynesia

8. Bauna Toshi

9. Don't Rain On My Parade

10. Kamakani Kaili Aloha

11. Where Have All The Flowers Gone

12. Hawaii Tattoo

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Track List: Love For Sale (Digitally Remastered)

1. Love Song From Mutiny On The Bounty (Follow Me)

2. I Wish You Love

3. Love For Sale

4. Pagan Love Song

5. Love

6. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

7. Love Dance

8. Secret Love

9. To You My Love

10. Sentimental Journey

11. When I Fall In Love

12. It's So Right To Love

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Track List: Yellow Bird

1. Havah Nagilah

2. Yellow Bird

3. Ravel's Bolero

4. Autumn Leaves

5. Arrive Derce Roma

6. Sweet And Lovely

7. Bamboo Tamboo

8. Andalusia

9. Adventures In Paradise

10. Granada

11. September Song

12. John Henry

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Track List: Leis Of Jazz (Digitally Remastered)

1. The Lady Is A Tramp

2. On The Street Where You Live

3. Leis Of Jazz

4. The Way You Look Tonight

5. How High The Moon

6. Trigger Fantasy

7. Lullaby Of The Leaves

8. Body And Soul

9. My Funny Valentine

10. Gypsy In My Soul

11. Aloha Oe

12. Lullaby Of Birdland

x

Track List: Bahia (Digitally Remastered)

1. Bahia

2. Jungle Jalopy

3. Legend Of The Rain (1959)

4. Bamboo

5. Return To Me

6. Caribbean Nights

7. Quiet Village

8. Tropical (1959)

9. Happy Voodoo

10. Busy Port

11. Beyond The Reef

12. Maui Chimes

x

Track List: Hawaiian Sunset (Digitally Remastered)

1. Hawaiian War Chant

2. Sweet Leilani

3. Imi Au Ia Oe (Queen Serenade)

4. My Tane

5. Whispering Reef Lullaby

6. Song Of The Islands

7. Hiilawe

8. Isle Of Golden Dreams

9. Mapuana

10. Waipio

11. Kawohikukapulani

12. Ke Kali Nei Au

13. Harbor Lights

14. Blue Hawaii

15. Beyond The Reef

16. Quiet Village

17. Aloha-No Honolulu

x

Track List: The Legend Of Pele

1. Pele

3. Hana Pele

4. Cumana

5. Ye Lai Sian

6. Hana Maui

7. Scheherezade

8. Magic Island

10. Cubana Chant

11. Tropical

12. 76 Trombones

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Track List: Taboo [Digitally Remastered]

1. Taboo

2. Love Song Of Kalua

3. Ringo Oiwake

4. Sea Breeze

5. Misirlou

6. China Clipper

7. Sim Sim

8. Katsumi Love Theme

9. Caravan

10. Akaka Falls

11. Dahil Sayo

12. Hilo March

13. Bwana A

14. Colonel Bogey's March

15. Waikiki Serenade

16. Moon Over A Ruined Castle

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Track List: Bwana A (Digitally Remastered)

1. Bwana Á

2. South Pacific Moonlight

3. Moon Over A Ruined Castle

4. Waikiki Serenade

5. La Paloma

6. Otome San

7. Canton Rose

8. Blue Sands

9. Malagueña

10. Vera Cruz

11. Pua Carnation

12. Colonel Bogey's March

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Saw Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny
several times at the
Latitude 20. Took my Favorite Girl and enjoyed Great music and food.
Oh the Memories..
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I love the sound. There isn't anything that comes close to where this music takes me. It expands my soul.
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Just great music and I love to perform these pieces on my instrument and looking for other musicians to jam together with these and other pieces.
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just a great cruisey sound I have loved for years, shame no one else does it
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k7few1
Fancis W An avid fan since the 60's.
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This is really good stuff!
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Can not reverse or play any of the song over. Your program continues on to another artist. Not goo
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zoomed123
Love this sound... Discovered it in the late 1980's and was in a Martin Denny "cover band" in the 90's in Phoenix. People loved it!
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I grew up listening to their fabulous music. Love it. So later back.
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gcamara84
Awesome sound love Denny and Lyman
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amazing music. Matin Denny and Arthur Lyman
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Arthur Lyman is an exotica genius... Thank the tiki gods for the resurgence in tiki modern culture...Ma i tai anyone?
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just plain YUMMY...make s me so relaxed and sleepy

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