Wilder, Alec – six early 1940s songs


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


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

See the separate page, here:

It’s So Peaceful in the Country


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

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


Jackie Cain & Roy Kral — released on the 1990 LP An Alec Wilder Collection, Audiophile Records ACD-257; album recorded 17-19 July 1990, according to AllMusic.com


Terje Gewelt with Christian Jacob — from the 2005 album Hope


Nikoletta Szőke – 2006


Bernie Petteway Trio


Soft as Spring (Alec Wilder)

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


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

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


Jeri Southern with the Dave Barbour Trio — originally released in December 1954 on the 10-inch album Warm…Intimate Songs in the Jeri Southern Style,  (US) Decca DL 5331, (UK) Brunswick ‎LA 8699


Bob Brookmeyer Quartet — recorded in NYC on 29 June 1961; released on the 1961 album 7 x Wilder, Verve Records V-8413, V6-8413

session instrumentation:

  • Bob Brookmeyer –  valve trombone, piano
  • Jim Hall – guitar
  • Bill Crow – bass
  • Mel Lewis – drums


Sheila Jordan — from her debut album Portrait of Sheila, Blue Note BLP 9002, released in 1962; the album was recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ on 19 September and 12 October 1962


Jo Stafford — from the 1963 LP Getting Sentimental Over Tommy Dorsey, on Reprise Records

presently unavailable


Eileen Farrell — from the 1990 album Sings Alec Wilder, Reference Recordings RR-36



I’ll Be Around (Alec Wilder)

See the separate feature page:



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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