Greetings, Spy Vibers! Every month I record a segment for Cocktail Nation radio out of Australia, where I briefly introduce a classic film or series and play some tracks from the soundtrack. In this month's episode I talk about a cool American TV series that bridged the late 1950s and early 1960s: Hawaiian Eye. The show was just one of a number of new programs based on exotic themes inspired by a trend for all things tropical and Polynesian. Other ripples in this wave included continued interest in the hit musical South Pacific, Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki book and Oscar-winning documentary, and Tiki themed bars and hotels. As commercial air travel arrived, Frank Sinatra was singing “Come Fly With Me,” and the likes of Les Baxter and Martin Denny were busy creating a string of Exotica albums that created an aural journey to distant locations on the map. Musician Arthur Lyman, fresh from the Martin Denny band, was even featured often in the series! Hawaiian Eye ran alongside shows like Surfside 6, Hong Kong, Adventures in Paradise, Bourbon Street Beat, 77 Sunset Strip, Sea Hunt, and Assignment: Underwater, expanding the scope of TV detective fiction with international locales and occasional forays into Cold War intrigue. Spy Vibers will also appreciate one of the main stars of Hawaiian Eye, pre-Wild Wild West Robert Conrad! Check out some numbers from the soundtrack over at Cocktail Nation (Spy Vibe Radio: Hawaiian Eye). Enjoy!
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