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Exotica

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...During the 1950s a musical genre referred to as exotica came to prominence in the United States, marking an unprecedented wave of musical and cultural exoticisms in popular music. Overnight, composers such as Les Baxter, Martin Denny...

Easy Listening

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Easy listening’ refers to a range of accessible, highly polished music that celebrates professionalism and populism. First heard as background music on North American radio in the 1940s, it evolved into a genre for marketing LP albums...