“Wild is the Wind”.



“Wild Is the Wind”
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   Lyrics                      Video
from the album:

Station to Station

B-side “Golden Years”
Released 23 January 1976 (album)
November 1981 (single)
Format 7″ single
Recorded Cherokee Studios, Hollywood
September–November 1975
Length 3:34 (Music video)
5:58 (Full-length album version)
Label RCA Records
BOW 10
  • Dimitri Tiomkin
  • Ned Washington
  • David Bowie
  • Harry Maslin

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.

The song has been recorded many times, including twice by Nina Simone, first on the live album Nina Simone at Town Hall (1959) and then in a studio recording included on Wild Is the Wind (1966). David Bowie recorded a version of it for his 1976 album Station to Station. Bowie was an admirer of Simone’s style, and after meeting her in Los Angeles in 1975, was inspired to record the song for his album.

In 1981 a black and white promotional video was made, directed by David Mallet. It featured Bowie and four musicians miming to the studio recording, including Tony Visconti (double bass), Coco Schwab (guitar), Mel Gaynor (drums), and Andy Hamilton (saxophone).

A live recording from the BBC Radio Theatre, London, on 27 June 2000, was released on a bonus disc accompanying the first release of Bowie at the Beeb in 2000. A performance was recorded for Channel 4’s TFI Friday and Bowie performed the song with Mike Garson on piano for the Black Ball charity concert in New York in November 2006.


  • David Bowie: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
  • Carlos Alomar or Earl Slick: Electric Guitar
  • George Murray: Bass
  • Dennis Davis: Drums   star2star2