Wilder, Alec – six early 1940s songs, and an octet

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Selected early songs written or co-written by Alec Wilder:

  • 1941 – It’s So Peaceful in the Country (Alec Wilder)
  • 1941 – Moon and Sand (Alec Wilder, Morty Palitz, William Engvick)
  • 1941 – Soft as Spring (Alec Wilder)
  • 1941 – Who Can I Turn To?  (m. Alec Wilder, w. William Engvick)
  • 1942 – I’ll Be Around (w. m. Alec Wilder)
  • 1943While We’re Young (m. Alec Wilder, Morty Palitz; w. William Engvick)

1941

It’s So Peaceful in the Country (w.m. Alec Wilder)

City living is a pretty living
It’s so full of unexpected thrills
But there’s too much stone
Too much telephone
There’s too much of everything but trees and hills

Mildred Bailey and the Delta Rhythm Boys – This 24 June 1941 recording of the song seems to have been the first. Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra recorded it three days later. In Bailey’s version, the chorus precedes the verse.

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Danny & Dena Guglielmi – from their Adventure in Sound, 1957

 Presently unavailable

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The Frank Wess Quartet, 1960

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Tony Bennett – date unknown  (WARNING: massive echo, even for echo- mad Bennett)

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Meredith D’Ambrosio – from her album Another Time, 1981

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Moon and Sand (Alec Wilder, Morty Palitz, William Engvick)

Roldand Hanna — from the 1978 LP Roland Hanna Plays the Music of Alec Wilder, Urban Voices TKCB 70072

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Kenny Burrell Trio — c. 1990, an episode of the Club Date TV show, produced and directed by Paul Marshall for KPBS-TV, San Diego (See full show, here)

Kenny Burrell – guitar
Bob Magnusson – bass
Sherman Ferguson – drums

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Eddie Higgins Trio – from If Dreams Come True, 2004

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Nikoletta Szőke, 2006

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Bernie Petteway Trio

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Soft as Spring (Alec Wilder)

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, vocal: Helen Forrest – 1941

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Helen Merrill – 1957

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Who Can I Turn To?  (m. Alec Wilder, w. William Engvick) – 1941

Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocal: Jo Stafford – 1941(?)

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Sheila Jordan – from Portrait of Sheila1963

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1942

I’ll Be Around (Alec Wilder)

See the separate feature page:

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1943

While We’re Young (m. Alec Wilder, Morty Palitz; w. William Engvick)

See the separate feature page:

1943-While We're Young-sheet-1

Seldom the Sun (Alec Wilder) —  instrumental for octet, recorded 17 July 1940; released on  the album Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder, 1946

Alec Wilder Octet members: Jimmy Carroll, Eddie Powell, Mitch Miller, Harold Goltzer, Reggie Merrill, Walter Gross, Gerry Gillis, Frank Carroll & Toots Mondello (according to Wikipedia)

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