R.I.P. Exotica Legend Robert Drasnin
Exotica music legend Robert Drasnin has passed away at age 87. Now, I know, he’s not exactly a household name. But aficionados of exotica, space-age pop, bachelor pad, lounge music, or whatever you want to call it, will now the name.
Robert Drasnin is most known for his two exotica-themed albums Voodoo! and Voodoo II. Recorded decades apart, both albums are wonderful examples of the exotica genre, ranking with the best of Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Arthur Lyman. He was a very prolific composer and arranger in the 1960’s, scoring music for shows such as Mission:Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Twilight Zone. He went on the become the head of music for CBS Television.
Recorded in 1959, his Voodoo! album was prototypical Exotica. When the lounge music craze of the mid-1990’s emerged, the album was re-released to a brand-new generation of fans. Spurred by its success, Mr. Drasnin recorded a follow-up, Voodoo II, in 2007. At the time of his death, he was in the process of writing and recording the music for what would have become Voodoo III.
Robert Drasnin is survived by his wife Marlene and three children.
While it’s sad to pass along the news of his death, it’s somewhat appropriate that it happens at the start of the weekend. Drasnin’s music is the perfect soundtrack to kicking off the weekend in relaxing style.
Not familiar with the kitschy, retro stylings of exotica music? There’s no better place to start than with Robert Drasnin. Enjoy.