UPDATE: Another Ahbez-Penned 45 Recently Discovered

At this point, it is difficult to say when the well will run dry. Every month, it seems, I come across another Eden Ahbez record, lead-sheet, or reel-to-reel tape that nearly slipped through the cracks of time. “Song of the Stranger,” by Kuldip Singh, is the latest though doubtful the last. It was released as the…

NEWS: Book Anthology Features Chapter on Lost Ahbez Music

It’s been a little dry for news around here lately… So I am happy to announce a new book—titled Bohemian Highways: Art & Culture Abide Then Divide Along the California Coast (Guardian Stewardship Editions)—which features a 20-page chapter penned yours truly (Brian Chidester) on Eden Ahbez’s lost sheet music. The book will be available through…

When Eden Met Rod

It’s been a few months since poet Rod McKuen (1933-2015) passed away and it seems only fitting that the Eden’s Island Blog pay tribute to his influence on the world of spoken word recordings, of which Eden Ahbez also partook. A few days ago, I typed in a search box the words “rod mckuen” and “eden ahbez,” and…

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 June 1959. A…

An Island Sprouts in Brooklyn

Not sure how we missed this one, but… It seems the Brooklyn Public Library has at last acknowledged its native son, George P. Aberle, better known to history as Eden Ahbez. See link here. The article also shows a picture (above) of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, where Ahbez and his twin sister Aditha were dropped…