Low, thru the trees, comes a weary sigh
Sketch by LaVida Brickner
"Wind" was one of Bob Nolan's first songs and its conception was romantic. In their early days, The Sons of the Pioneers and the Stafford Sisters (Christine, Pauline and Jo) often worked together on radio and enjoyed each other’s company after work. Together they put together a pilot program planning to call it “The Sons and Daughters of the Pioneers”. For some reason, the program was aired only once in 1935 and was abandoned.
Bob told his friend Richard Goodman that he composed "Wind" on a beach in Oregon during a visit there with one of the Stafford Sisters. He always felt bad about it, he said, because Christine caught pneumonia from the experience and nearly died. Jo Stafford confirmed: “Bob and Christine had quite a little interest in each other for quite awhile.” (Jo Stafford to EM, November 12, 2001) Bob wrote it early in 1935 but registered it for copyright on December 10, 1936.
The Sons of the Pioneers included it in their early Standard Radio Transcriptions and in their Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" series but it was not available commercially until 1951 by RCA Victor. After 1940 they dropped the introductory verse. In 1947 and 1947 they had recorded the song for RCA, experimenting with various wind effects, but it was unissued. Collectors have now made these unissued recordings available.
The sheet music was published in the first edition of "Songs of the Prairie Folio No. 3", © 1937 Cross & Winge. By the time the second edition came out, "Songs of the Prairie Folio No. 3", © 1937 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC., "from the motion picture, 'Law of the Plains'" was added above the title. We have not viewed "Law of the Plains" so cannot verify its use in the movie. "Law of the Plains" (1938 05 03) was a Columbia / Charles Starrett film. According to Ken Griffis, it was also used in "Call of the Rockies" (1938 02 28) another Columbia/Starrett film. It was registered for copyright on December 10, 1936.
1935 05 Standard Radio Transcription #2569 (Tim Spencer solo)
1940 Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" (Lloyd Perryman solo)
Thesaurus (Lloyd Perryman solo)
1947 10 17 RCA Victor (unissued)
TRANSCRIPTIONS that have "Wind"
Original hand-written lyric sheet, possibly the earliest record we have.
The typed sheet from the repertoire box, dated May 1, 1935.
1936 Cross & Winge lead sheet from Warner Chappell Music Inc
"Songs of the Prairie Folio No. 3", © 1937 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC.
Note: "from the motion picture, 'Law of the Plains'" was added above the title. In the Cross & Winge edition, it hadn't yet been used in a film.
Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli
Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage (064447)
NBC Thesaurus LPT 1611 courtesy of Wallace Smith
10-2-4 Time Show #507 Date: 04/13/45 (64858-04)
Teleways Transcriptions: #9-59-91-155-191-224
14 December 1951.
Special Bob Nolan Program.
Transcription Disc TR-145
Smokey the Bear 1955: Show #7