Irving Mills wrote lyrics, but they are rarely sung. Woody Allen used the song in two of his films, Alice and Sweet and Lowdown. Steven Soderbergh used the Lyman version in his film Ocean's Eleven. The song appears often in the film Whiplash as an important plot element. The Mills Brothers recorded an a cappella version in which they imitated instruments with their voices. Johnny Mathis recorded the song in More than versions have been recorded.
Arthur Lyman February 2, — February 24, was an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player. His group popularized a style of faux-Polynesian music during the s and s which later became known as exotica. His albums became favorite stereo-effect demonstration discs during the early days of the stereophonic LP album for their elaborate and colorful percussion, deep bass and 3-dimensional recording soundstage.
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Arthur Lyman February 2, — February 24, was an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player. His group popularized a style of faux- Polynesian music during the s and s which later became known as exotica. His albums became favorite stereo-effect demonstration discs during the early days of the stereophonic LP album for their elaborate and colorful percussion, deep bass and 3-dimensional recording soundstage. Lyman was known as "the King of Lounge music.
Arthur Lyman was born on the island of Oahu in the U. He was the youngest of eight children of a Hawaiian mother and a father of Hawaiian, French, Belgian and Chinese descent. When Arthur's father, a land surveyor, lost his eyesight in an accident on Kauai, the family settled in Makiki , a subdistrict of Honolulu. In fact he became good enough to turn professional at age 14 when he joined a group called the Gadabouts, playing vibes in the cool-jazz style then in vogue.
So it was kind of tough. After graduating from McKinley High School in , he put music on hold to work as a desk clerk at the Halekulani hotel. It was there in that he met pianist Martin Denny , who, after hearing him play, offered the year-old a spot in his band.
Other members of his band were Augie Colon on percussion and John Kramer on string bass. Denny, who had traveled widely, had collected numerous exotic instruments from all over the world and liked to use them to spice up his jazz arrangements of popular songs. The stage of the Shell Bar was very exotic, with a little pool of water right outside the bandstand, and rocks and palm trees growing around. One night Lyman had "had a little to drink," and when they began playing the theme from Vera Cruz , Lyman let out a few bird calls.
It was great. When Denny's "Exotica" album was released on record in it became a smash hit, igniting a national mania for all things South Pacific during the lead-up to Hawaii becoming a state, including tiki-themed restaurants like Don the Beachcomber 's and Trader Vic's , luaus, Oceanic art , exotic drinks, aloha shirts , and straw hats.
That same year, Lyman was persuaded by Henry J. Kaiser to leave The Martin Denny Group to form his own group, continuing in much the same style but even more flamboyant. For decades Arthur and Martin did not speak to each other, but eventually came together with many of their former bandmates on Denny's CD Exotica '90 and remained friends since.
Lyman continued to play as a solo act at the New Otani in the s and s. During the peak of his popularity Lyman recorded more than 30 albums and almost singles, earning three gold albums. Taboo peaked at number 6 on Billboard ' s album chart and stayed on the chart for over a year, eventually selling more than two million copies.
Lyman's biggest pop single was " Yellow Bird ," originally a Haitian song, which peaked at 4 in July His last charting single was "Love For Sale" reaching number 43 in March ,  but his music enjoyed a new burst of popularity in the s with the lounge music revival and CD reissues. Lyman died from esophageal cancer in February Most of Lyman's albums were recorded in the aluminum Kaiser geodesic dome auditorium on the grounds of the Kaiser Hawaiian Village Hotel on Waikiki in Honolulu. This space provided unique acoustics and a natural 3-second reverberation.
All of Lyman's albums were recorded live, without overdubbing. Autumn Leaves Arthur Lyman. Jungle Jalopy Arthur Lyman. Mangwani Mpulele Arthur Lyman. Harbor Lights Arthur Lyman. Night and stars above that shine so bright The myst'ry of their fading light That shines upon our caravan Sleep upon my shoulder as we creep Across the sand so I may keep The mem'ry of our caravan This is so exciting You are so inviting Resting in my arms As I thrill to the magic charms Of you beside me here beneath the blue My dream of love is coming true Within our desert caravan Writer s : Ellington, Mills, Tizol Lyrics powered by www.
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Caravan by The Arthur Lyman Group was written by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol and was first recorded and released by Barney Bigard and His Jazzopaters in. Listen to Caravan on Spotify. Arthur Lyman · Song · Listen to Caravan on Spotify. Arthur Lyman Group · Song ·