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105 - Out on a Limb (1939)
June 26, 2007 06:21 AM PDT
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Words and Music by Alec Wilder

Recorded September 18, 1939

Alec's first vocal record!

104 - Whom Can I Turn To, Mildred?
June 13, 2007 10:06 AM PDT
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Words by William Engvick, Music by Alec Wilder. The first song they wrote together (see wilderworld 20)

Recorded August 20, 1941

Who Can I Turn To? by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Jo Stafford on vocals (Victor 27701, September 18, 1941)

Hold On by Mildred Bailey and the Alec Wilder Octet (Columbia 35348, November 3, 1939)

Nostalgia was later re-arranged for woodwinds and recorded by the Alec Wilder Octet as Remember Me to Youth (see wilderworld 59). From the Mildred Bailey Show CBS radio broadcast of December 5, 1944

103 - The Moon Just Winked at Me (2007)
May 11, 2007 04:22 AM PDT
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The Alec Wilder Centennial Concert in New York on April 29 was a phenomenal event. One highlight was the world premiere of this great song from the long-dormant unused score for the film Daddy Long Legs

Words by William Engvick, Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1953

Thrillingly performed by Lily DePaula vocal and Aaron Gandy piano

101 – American Popular Song: Mildred Bailey and the Band Singers Part 1 (1976)
March 27, 2007 11:47 AM PDT
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We're back!

And now...From the Columbia, South Carolina lakeside living room of Mr. Dick Phipps,
it's Alec Wilder and Loonis McGlohon with a complete one hour episode of their great American Popular Song radio show! This episode, number 9, was recorded in March 1976, aired on November 28, 1976 and features guest vocalist Teddi King (photo left)

See wilderworld 40 for more about the American Popular Song radio series

It’s So Peaceful in the Country words and music by Alec Wilder (see wilderworld 15)

Many of the performances aired on American Popular Song were later released commercially on Audiophile Records; recordings from this episode can be found on Teddi King’s Lovers and Losers and Someone to Light Up Your Life LPs (AP 117 and AP 150 1976). With the exception of a generous excerpt featured on Thelma Carpenter’s A Souvenir CD (Audiophile ACD-111 1997), episodes of American Popular Song are not available. If you feel they should be, call the folks at NPR and request they blow the dust off a few reels of this superb, illuminating radio program

wilderworld would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has offered kind words about and contributions to this website, and to all who have stopped by to sample the brilliant music of Alec Wilder. Please feel free to leave comments

To learn more, visit alecwildercentennial dot com and alecwilder dot org

100 years of obscurity is enough!!

102 – American Popular Song: Mildred Bailey and the Band Singers Part 2
March 27, 2007 11:37 AM PDT

Lovers and Losers words by William Engvick, music by Alec Wilder; written in 1968

Blackberry Winter by Alec Wilder and Loonis McGlohon (see wilderworld 72)

100 - A Child is Born (1972)
February 16, 2007 08:37 AM PST
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Words by Alec Wilder, Music by Thad Jones

Written in 1969

From LP Free Design There is a Song (Light In The Attic 015 2005, originally released as Ambrotype 1016)


99 - Voices of Vista (1965)
February 15, 2007 09:22 AM PST
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While We're Young (Sam Hamilton piano), Did You Ever Cross Over to Snedens? and Goodbye John (Cy Walter and Stan Freeman twin pianos) from LP The Art of Mabel Mercer (Atlantic 2-602 1965)

Did You Ever Cross Over to Snedens? written in 1947

I'll Be Around from LP Frank Sinatra In the Wee Small Hours (Capitol W-581 1955)

Originally aired October 24, 1965

98 - South – To a Warmer Place (1981)
February 14, 2007 12:14 AM PST
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Words by Loonis McGlohon, Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1980

One of the last two songs composed by Alec Wilder, commissioned by Frank Sinatra for his LP She Shot Me Down (Reprise FS 2305)

Arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins

Recorded July 21, 1981

97 - A Debutante's Diary (1939)
February 12, 2007 10:38 PM PST
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The first Alec Wilder Octet side

Recorded December 19, 1938

96 - Seal Lullaby (1985)
February 11, 2007 01:51 AM PST
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Words by Rudyard Kipling, Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1965

Jan DeGaetani vocal; Gretchen Van Hoesen harp; orchestrated and conducted by Rayburn Wright

From LP Lullabies and Night Songs (Caedmon TC 1777)

Illustration by Maurice Sendak from the book

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