Known for his vibraphone stylings, bird songs and bells, Lyman helped turn exotic music into a national trend in the 1950s and 1960s, producing more than 30 albums and almost 400 singles and earning three gold albums.
In 1957, Lyman recorded "Yellow Bird," a Haitian folk song. The song made the Billboard magazine charts, peaking at #4 in 1961.
Lyman's last charting album in 1963 was I Wish You Love, but his music enjoyed a new burst of popularity in the 90s with the easy listening revival. He died from throat cancer in February 2002.