- Real name
- George Alexander Aberle
- April 15, 1908
- March 4, 1995
- United States
Songwriter and performer active from the 1940s into the 1960s. Ahbez spent his early years in a Brooklyn orphanage and was adopted in 1917, moving to Kansas and growing up under the name George McGrew. Ahbez was an inspiration to the California hippie movement as since at least the 1940s, Ahbez had shoulder length hair and a beard, dressed unconventionally and lived outdoors.
Ahbez's most famous song was "Nature Boy" over which Herman Yablokoff sued, claiming an infringement of his song called "Schweig Mein Hartz" ("Be Still My Heart"), written and published in 1935. The suit was settled with Yablokoff receiving $25,000 and waiving rights to Nature Boy.
Songs written by Eden Ahbez
|Title||Written by||Originally by||Original date||Covered by|
|Land of Love (Come My Love and Live with Me)||Eden Ahbez||Nat "King" Cole and The Trio with Orchestra conducted by Pete Rugolo||March 29, 1949||Covered by (4 artists)|
|Lonely Island||Eden Ahbez||Sam Cooke||August 23, 1957||Covered by Gene Chandler|
|Nature Boy||Eden Ahbez||King Cole with Orchestra conducted by Frank DeVol||August 22, 1947||Covered by (541 artists)|