Song of the Day, March 24: Wild Is the Wind by David Bowie
March 24, 2016 Leave a comment
Today’s song is a curious choice given haunting power by a recently departed master. Dmitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington wrote the title track for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind for Johnny Mathis. His version was nominated for an Oscar (losing to Frank Sinatra’s reading of All the Way from The Joker Is Wild) and went to #22 on the Hot 100. Eclectic chanteuse Nina Simone included a live version of the song on her 1959 album Nina Simone At Town Hall and later crafted a definitive version as the title track for her 1966 album.
David Bowie was a big Simone fan, and after meeting her he decided to record his own version as an homage. It appears on his brilliant transitional album Station to Station, one of six widely varied, carefully crafted songs. While clearly inspired by Simone, Bowie plumbs the song’s darker depths, making it his own. He shows off a very different vocal that works nicely as he sheds the Thin White Duke and heads for Berlin.
Enjoy this wonderful rendition of an epic ballad today, in remembrance of the late, great David Bowie.