Leslie Thompson Baxter (March 14, 1922 – January 15, 1996) was an American musician and composer. After working as an arranger and composer for swing bands, he developed his own style of easy listening music, known as exotica. Baxter studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College.
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His 1950 album, "Music Out of the Moon," featured the theremin and was probably the best-selling theremin album of all time-and also founded the "space" school of exotica. In 1951, he did the same for the "jungle" school of exotica with his landmark "Ritual of the Savage" LP, for which he wrote the theme song of exotica: "Quiet Village.
) Les Baxter's Jungle Jazz.
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|A1||Poor People Of Paris
Written-By – Marguerite Monnot, Rene Rouzaud*
|A2||Because Of You
Written-By – Arthur Hammerstein, Dudley Wilkinson
Written-By – Leroy Anderson
Written-By – Roy Wells
|A5||April In Portugal
Written-By – Raul Ferrão*
Written-By – Alex North, Hy Zaret
Written-By – Les Baxter
|B2||If You've Forgotten Me
Written-By – Frederic Ebb*, Paul E. Giasson
|B3||Blue Star (Medic Theme)
Written-By – Victor Young
|B4||I Love Paris (From "Can Can")
Written-By – Cole Porter
|B5||The High And The Mighty
Written-By – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
|B6||Wake The Town And Tell The People
Written-By – Jerry Livingston, Sammy Gallop
- Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
- Piano – Les Baxter
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- Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): T1-1388-N7
- Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): T2-1388-N12
- Matrix / Runout (Label side A): (T1-1388)
- Matrix / Runout (Label side B): (T2-1388)
|DT-1388||Les Baxter||Baxter's Best (LP, Comp, Duo)||Capitol Records||DT-1388||US||1960|
|CDP-591218||Les Baxter||Baxter's Best (CD, Comp, Club, RE)||Capitol Records||CDP-591218||US||1989|
|T-1388||Les Baxter||Baxter's Best (LP, Comp, Scr)||Capitol Records||T-1388||US||1960|
|DT 1388||Les Baxter||Baxter's Best (LP, Comp, RE, Duo)||Capitol Records, Starline||DT 1388||US||1966|
|SM-1388||Les Baxter||Baxter's Best (LP, Comp, RE)||Capitol Records||SM-1388||US||1984|