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 Alec Wilder

Alec Wilder

Birth
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 24 Dec 1980 (aged 73)
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Burial Avon, Livingston County, New York, USA
Plot Section E, Lot 9, Row 3
Memorial ID 6628076 · View Source
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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


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  • Added: 22 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6628076
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alec Wilder (16 Feb 1907–24 Dec 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6628076, citing Saint Agnes Cemetery, Avon, Livingston County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .