Les Baxter

Les Baxter was the bandleader, arranger, and pianist who became The Father of Exotica, a musical trend of the 1950s that brought the unfamiliar sounds of Asian, African, and South American music to the ears of mainstream (read: white) America. He also became an electronic music pioneer by using the newly invented Theremin to give his recordings an otherworldly, sci-fi ambiance. Baxter composed scores for radio shows including Abbot and Costello’s half hour sitcom, TV shows like Lassie and such as Untamed Youth, Jungle Heat, The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold and director Roger Corman’s The Pit and... Read More

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