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Eden Ahbez


Among the genuinely strange character types of pre-rock American popular music, Eden Ahbez’s primary claim to popularity was because the author of “Character Young man.” The melodically and lyrically beguiling track was an enormous pop strike for Nat Ruler Cole; it might be included in many other trustworthy performers, including Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, and the fantastic Society (Elegance Slick’s pre-Jefferson Aircraft music group). But Ahbez’s contemporary stature rests on a 1960 recording that combined exotica recording and beatnik poetry. It prices among the goofiest attempts within the goofy exotica genre — and sibling, that’s stating something, provided the stiff competition. Ahbez boasted a resumé as vibrant and mystical as his music. Given birth to Alexander Aberle in Brooklyn in the first 20th hundred years, he transformed his name within the 1940s soon after shifting to (where else?) California. A hippie an excellent twenty years before his period, he cultivated a Christ-like appearance along with his shoulder-length locks and beard. He stated to go on three dollars weekly, sleeping outdoors along with his family members, consuming vegetables, fruits, and nut products. Ahbez’s big achievement was obtaining Nat Ruler Cole to record “Character Young man,” after diligently pestering a few of Cole’s affiliates in the Mil Dollar Theatre in LA, where Cole was carrying out. A number of the luster was removed that triumph whenever a posting company stated that Ahbez experienced taken a number of the lyrics from “Character Boy” in one of the copyrights, the Yiddish track “Schweig Mein Hertz” (the celebrations reached an out-of-court arrangement). Ahbez do have the ability to place another melody with Cole, “Property of Like (Arrive My Like and Live With Me).” Within the mid-’50s, he do some documenting with jazz musician Plant Jeffries; he also do some periodic composing and performing, sometimes for rock and roll & move novelty information. His most extensive statement like a documenting artist, nevertheless, was the 1960 LP Eden’s Isle, which wedded Martin Denny-style exotica to Ahbez’s near-stereotypical beatnik poetry. Nat Ruler Cole, for just one, stated that Ahbez’s hippie-mystical picture was no action. That doesn’t imply that his desert-island heaven trip doesn’t audio darned silly today. It had been ripe for revival by space age group pop aficionados within the 1990s, nevertheless, and reissued on Compact disc in 1995. Ahbez was photographed with Brian Wilson within the studio room in 1966, financing additional credence to the idea that the top Seaside Boy was affected by exotica through the Family pet Seems and Smile classes. Ahbez passed away in 1995 after a car accident.

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Full Name eden ahbez
Died March 4, 1995, Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American

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1 Refused to spell his name with capital letters, always writing it as "eden ahbez".
2 Self-styled songwriter, yogi and mystic, who earned some measure of fame as the composer of Nat 'King' Cole's 1948 super-hit "Nature Boy".



Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 2014 Documentary writer: "Nature Boy"
The Voice 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fargo 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Et ils gravirent la montagne 2011 Short performer: "La Mar" / writer: "La Mar"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
American Idol 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
BBC Swingin' Christmas 2010 TV Movie writer: "Nature Boy"
Ti Ti Ti 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Qwerty 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Midnight Son 2007 Short writer: "Nature Boy"
Belíssima 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Keisarikunta 2004 writer: "Nature Boy"
Australian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Skeppsholmen 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Angel Eyes 2001 writer: "Nature Boy"
Moulin Rouge! 2001 writer: "Nature Boy", "Musical score features parts of:"
The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 writer: "NATURE BOY"
Tanssijan kädet 1997 TV Short writer: "Luonnonlapsi Nature Boy"
Untamed Heart 1993 writer: "Nature Boy"
The Crossing 1990 writer: "Nature Boy"
Dream Baby 1989 TV Movie writer: "Nature Boy" - uncredited
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1959 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Edsel Show 1957 TV Special writer: "Nature Boy" - uncredited
Nature Boy 1951 Short writer: "Nature Boy"
The Great Rupert 1950 writer: "Melody For Two Orphan Instruments" - uncredited
The Boy with Green Hair 1948 as eden ahbez, "Nature Boy"



We, the People 1948 TV Series Himself

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American Masters 2006 TV Series documentary Himself

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