Born on 1932 in Kauai, Hawaii, Lyman originally was the vibes player with 4 mallets in Martin Denny's 1950's exotica combo that played Honolulu's Halekulani Hotel. After their chart topping sucess on Quiet Village, Lyman soon branched out on his own and became a musical star in his own right. He was a vital part of the tropical tiki trend, with his signature mellow marimba and echoing bird calls. His biggest easy listening hit was Yellow Bird which topped the charts in 1961, while his 1958 debut album Taboo sold 2 million copies. Lyman was an amicable guest on numerous tv programs like The Red Skelton Show, The Andy Williams Show, and The Steve Allen Show. His ten year enagement at The Shell Bar at the Hawaiian Village Hotel was also regularly featured on TV via Robert Conrad & Connie Stevens' 1960's show Hawaiian Eye. His numerous original albums appearing on labels like Hi-Fi Liberty, GNP-Crescendo, and Life Records, and his most popular recordings were re-released on CD via Rykodisc in the 1990's. Much of his back catalog has appeared on legit download sites under auspices of Essential Media Group/IODA. He still performed casual weekly cocktail hour marimba sets at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel near Diamond Head on Oahu into the late 1990's before dying of throat cancer on 2002. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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