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Capitol Records in L.A. contacted Martin Denny the other day and asked him for the names of his musicians on the original version of "Exotica" that came out in 1957. Seems one of the cuts from the album, "Love Dance," was used in the Charles Schwab TV commercial at the Super Bowl, and Marty and his boys have some residual money coming. This will be the first time the other members of the group find out about it, but congrats to his original lineup, Arthur Lyman, John Kramer, Augie Colon and Harold Chang. Denny's not sure how much will be coming their way, but considering it only cost them $850 total to cut the album, and it sold in excess of 400,000 copies, it'll be a nice stack of found money ... That reminds me, I received my latest residual check for a role I played in a "Hawaii Five-O" episode about 30 years ago. I'd like to not think of it as indicative of my worth as an actor today, but it was for 69-cents! Ouch ...
--Dave Donnelly, Honolulu Star Bulletin, March 14, 2000

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