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Is Pepino Tiki?
mrtikibar
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Joined: Jul 07, 2002
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From: Neskowin, OR
Posted: 2008-01-11 9:24 pm   Permalink

I just watched Rock Around the Clock (1956) on TMC. Early in the movie Bill Haley and the Comets are preceded on stage by a Latin band headed by this guy named Tony Martinez playing some lively Cuban style stuff that caught my attention. Later, playing at a prom, Martinez and his band play some slow tempo stuff that was also very nice. Now some of you may be familiar with Tony Martinez but I had to look him up. And he ends up being Pepino, the farm hand from The Real McCoys! So now I'm hooked because I loved that show and Martinez' music (he sings and plays vibes) sounds a bit like Martin Denny. So ... is Pepino Tiki?






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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-12 12:13 pm   Permalink

Judging from what you described, Pepino is obviously NOT Tiki....which by no means means that, if his music has a vintage tropical sound, it would not make a good soundtrack in your home Tiki lounge...if that is why you are asking.

 
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mrtikibar
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From: Neskowin, OR
Posted: 2008-01-12 9:06 pm   Permalink

The numbers he played certainly had a vintage tropical sound. What amazed me was seeing Martinez' performance from 1956 where he shared the front of a stage with a voluptuous mambo dancer, realizing that in 1957 he's in a barn with Walter Brennan counting chickens. By the way, Rock Around the Clock was on TCM not TMC as I mistakenly posted.

 
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