Avant-garde pianist referred to as the daddy of exotica. He popularized Tiki tradition songs. He recognized the croaking of bullfrogs near a Hawaiian vacation resort of which he was playing could possibly be integrated neatly into his music. His cover of Les Baxter’s Silent Town reached No. 2 around the graphs, and his impact gave two additional founders of exotica, Arthur Lyman and Julius Wechter, their begins. He was raised in NY, his parents nurturing his skill for piano by enrolling him in lessons under Lester Spitz and Isadore Gorn when he was simply 10. He and Yma Sumac from the Peruvian Songbird both accomplished prominence as exotica music artists.