Close Bob, but I need to correct the record (pun intended!).Same here and That "Swinging safari" was also used as a theme song for the NBC Version of Match game 1962 to 1969 they used Billy Vaughn's version which sounded almost equal except slightly slower
Thank you for the correction Harry a few sources incorrectly identified the Billy Vaughn version as being the theme so I was grossly deceived all this time my bad but I too enjoy Bert kaempfert's music too its sad he passed on too soon and as for Taragon Records they reissued almost all of the Kaempfert discography in the 90s as I rememberClose Bob, but I need to correct the record (pun intended!).
THE MATCH GAME that ran in the 60s on NBC daytime used the Bert Kaempfert version of "A Swingin' Safari" as its theme song.
Murky sound, but you can hear it here:
I remember this all so very clearly as I used to be a watcher of that daytime show whenever I could. It initially aired around the 4:00 time slot. If I'm not mistaken it was slotted at :25 minutes with a five minute news break from NBC at 4:25. I absolutely loved the theme but had no idea what it was.
One day, a celebrity guest mentioned liking the theme too, and Gene Rayburn mentioned that it was "A Swingin' Safari", but the version they used was by a "German band" (his exact words). So I tasked my parents with a mission: Find the record of "A Swingin' Safari" for me in their shopping escapades to whatever stores they went into.
I had hoped for a :45 and never considered an album. But in their many treks to stores, they came up empty. I think a year or more passed by when one day they came home with a Billy Vaughn album.
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It was ever so close to what I was hearing on the MATCH GAME and I was pretty much satisfied with the record.
It wouldn't be until the 90s when I found a CD called THE VERY BEST OF BERT KAEMPFERT that featured "A Swingin' Safari". It was from Taragon Records and sounded exceptional.
Martin Denny was popular enough to sell a decent number of albums back in the day, although it was music your father would buy. Exotica was one of those musical phases back then--others like Arthur Lyman also followed a similar path. Even Esquivel recorded an album, See It In Sound, that explored exotica, but was too oddball for RCA to released until 39 years after it was recorded (1960). And naturally, all of this was central to the revival of lounge/cocktail music and lifestyle in the 90s.Great set. I have most of those on my iTunes. Martin Denny is so unusual. I would’ve like to have met him. His music is so out there for his time. I wonder what people thought about him or his music back then.
I have a few of those. Some of those were odd and worthy of a good chuckle.I have about 10 of them. The Ultra-Lounge series. Even the Christmas one. So many odd tracks of the day, but fun! I even played them in the music store. Great conversation starters. Usually with a what the h*ll is that, inquiry.