Julius Wechter's Baja Marimba Band was, in his own words, "... like the Tijuana Brass' bad little brothers. Herb [Alpert] and his group would dress in tuxedos and put on a tight, professional presentation. And we'd flop on stage in big sombreros and old clothes with big pasted-on mustaches, smoking cigars and drinking beer."
Wechter grew up in Hollywood, and can be seen as a teenager in bit parts in a number of films from the late 1940s and early 1950s. He learned the vibraphone and played around the fringes of the West Coast jazz scene, recording an album under his own name in 1956.
For exotica fans, his fame began when he joined Martin Denny's combo in Hawaii