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Alec Wilder
Birth: Feb. 16, 1907
Death: Dec. 24, 1980
Gainesville
Alachua County
Florida, USA

Songwriter. Born Alexander Lafayette Chew Wilder, in Rochester, New York, he studied at the Eastman School of Music, but as a composer was self-taught. Band leader Mitch Miller and singer Frank Sinatra were initially responsible for getting Wilder's music to the public by persuading Columbia Records to sign him to a contract in 1939. Sinatra recorded many of Wilder's popular songs to include "I'll Be Around", "A Long Night" and "While We're Young". Wilder wrote over twenty octets, such as "Neurotic Goldfish", "The Amorous Poltergeist" and "Sea Fugue, Mama". He also wrote many children's songs for television productions and records, such as "The Churkendoose" and a version of "Pinocchio". For jazz singers such as Roy Kral, Mildred Bailey, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett, he wrote many popular songs to include "It's So Peaceful in the Country", "Blackberry Winter" and the song book "Lullabies and Night Songs". In his later years, he was active writing concert music for soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 

Cause of death: Lung cancer
 
Burial:
Saint Agnes Cemetery
Avon
Livingston County
New York, USA
Plot: Section E, Lot 9, Row 3
 
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Record added: Jul 22, 2002
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