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UPDATE: More Info on Ahbez’s “Wild Boy” Single

For those that regularly follow the Eden’s Island Blog, you may have noticed that jazz saxman Mort Weiss recently commented on one of our blogs. Back in the day, Weiss went by the name Mort Wise, and, with his band the Wisemen, recorded one of Eden Ahbez’s tunes—”Wild Boy”—for Sierra Records in 1958. A few…

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A New Generation Touched by Ahbez Magic

Has anyone else noticed a recent up-tick in interest for Eden Ahbez’s work? Naturally, “Nature Boy” continues to generate any number of covers, from the David Bowie/Massive Attack version for the Moulin Rouge film soundtrack of 2001, to the new Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett cover of last fall, to acapella renditions performed by collegiate choirs at Yale…

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UPDATE: Rare 1965 Eden Ahbez Single Just Discovered

Eden Ahbez wrote nearly a thousand songs during his long lifetime. Less than a hundred, however, made their way to vinyl. During my twenty years researching Ahbez’s life and work, I’ve known about a song titled “Green Flamingo” for more than half that time. I’d previously thought, however, that it was never released. I’m happy to…

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INTERVIEW: Remembering Cowboy Jack and Nature Boy (A Talk with Larry Boutillette)

Larry “Chief” Boutillette owns Sunset Ranch in upstate New York. It was formerly owned by Cowboy Jack Patton—performer, Western radio personality and long-time friend of Eden Ahbez. Patton took credit for many of the good things that happened to Ahbez with “Nature Boy,” though it’s been hard to verify all of his claims as yet.…

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Newly-Uncovered 1946 Version of “Nature Boy”

How Eden Ahbez got “Nature Boy” into the hands of Nat “King” Cole is one of the great mysteries in pop music history. Stories vary. Mythologies abound. Most, however, contain one or two common details. Notably, that a soiled lead-sheet was left unsigned, and that Cole’s management had to put out a search to find its…