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"Wild Is the Wind" is a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington. The track was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind. The song was very popular and was one of five songs nominated for an Academy Award; it was sung by Johnny Mathis at the March 1958 Oscar presentations. It was later covered by Nina Simone on the album Wild Is The Wind (1966). David Bowie recorded a version of it in 1976 for his album Station to Station. Bowie was an admirer of Simone’s style, and after meeting her in Los Angelesmarker was inspired to record the song for his album.

The Dutch band Clan of Xymox released a cover version of the song in 1994 on their album Headcloud. Australian/English band Fatal Shore recorded "Wild Is the Wind" in 1997 for their self-titled debut album. George Michael covered it on his 1999 album Songs from the Last Century, and Chan Marshall (Cat Power) recorded a version on her 2000 album The Covers Record, as well as a live version for iTunes in 2006. Scottish singer Billy Mackenzie also covered the song; a version appeared posthumously on the 2001 EP Wild Is the Wind and on the 2005 album Transmission Impossible. TV on the Radio sampled Nina Simone's version on the song "Say You Do" on their self-released 2002 debut OK Calculator. Nina Simone's version appeared on the trailer for the 2008 movie Revolutionary Road.

In 2003, Barbra Streisand recorded the song for her album The Movie Album (2003), and filmed a music video.

Track listing

  1. "Wild Is the Wind" (Ned Washington, Dimitri Tiomkin) – 3:34
  2. "Golden Years" (David Bowie) – 3:22

Production credits

Live versions

  • A recording from the BBC Radio Theatre, London, on 27 June 2000, was released on the bonus disc following the first releases of Bowie at the Beeb.

Other releases


Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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