The Wildwood Song You Didnt Know Existed

When you think of Wildwood based songs, the first one that comes to mind is Bobby Rydell’s famous “Wildwood Days” and sometimes the occasional, “Wildwood By The Sea” by Bill Jolly.  (Click those links to listen to those songs) But you would ever guess that there is a song about Wildwood that is almost as old as Wildwood itself?

 

Let me introduce you to Miss Lois Worden. (Pictured to the right)

Miss-WordenThere isn’t much found about Lois except she was a singer and song writer from Philadelphia Pa that liked to travel down to the beaches of South Jersey for some fresh air. While in South Jersey she became fascinated with the borough of Wildwood. At the time in 1900, The Baker Brothers, along with their company, the Wildwood Beach Improvement Company, was developing Wildwood into a seashore destination, “That is second only to Atlantic City”.

Miss Lois Worden enjoyed Wildwood so much that she wrote a song in mid 1905 called, “Wildwood By The Sea” According to the U.S. Congressional Library, the song was a big hit and was copyrighted in late 1905 by the Philadelphia : Metropolitan Music Publication. Co and sold in music stores. (Pictured below is a copy of the front page of the sheet music)

The Wildwood Song You Didnt Know Existed

Over time this song faded into the past and was completely forgotten, until now.

After fooling around the U.S. Congressional Library website, I came across this sheet music that had a name that rang close to home, “Wildwood By The Sea”. Intrigued by this, I opened the sheet music and started plunking the melody on the piano. What a treasure.

Miss Lois Worden dedicated this song at the top of the sheet music saying, “Dedicated to Baker Brothers, founders of Wildwood, N.J.”

In honor of this incredible find, I recorded the piano part and sang the words for you. Below there are two videos, one with the vocal and piano and one just piano.

Let me know what you think about the song in the comment section below.

Wildwood By The Sea with Vocals

Wildwood By The Sea Piano Only

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About The Author

My name is Joey Contino. I am a big lover of anything Wildwood. I have lived and worked in Wildwood my whole life. I worked jobs from working on the beach renting umbrellas and chairs to being a supervisor at Morey's Piers. Wildwood is my life and my home!

9 Responses

  1. reebatt@gmail.com'
    AM Battalini

    My family & I love Wildwood also!! Thanks for sharing this video!!

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  2. Gypsywoman39@yahoo.com'
    Jeri (Hoffman) Holton

    Hi, Joey! Could you give me a little info on how you got to the website for this sheet music? My great great Aunt, Lucille Hildreth published a song in 1913 called “When (the?) Whipporwills Are Calling” and I would love to see a copy of it. Lucille is the sister of Hester Hildreth, known as the Winterwood ghost. Thank you!

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  3. Gypsywoman39@yahoo.com'
    Jeri (Hoffman) Holton

    Hi, Joey! Could you give me some information on how you got to the Congressional Library? My great great Aunt, Lucille Hildreth, published a song in 1913 called “When (the?) Whipporwills Are Calling” and I would love to get a copy of it. Lucille is the sister of Hester Hildreth, known as the Winterwood ghost. Family is buried in old private burial ground behind the parking lot, Hester and Lucille are at the Rio Grand cemetery. I grew up on Third Avenue, retired from Marlboro Farm Market, sold the house we had since 1939 and moved to Nevada and I am HOMESICK! Dad was born in the recently rebuilt next to the Hereford Inlet lighthouse, on the NWPD for 32 years, chief when he died in 1959. His father was mayor 1912-1914. Oooooppps, I didn’t mean to talk your ear off! Jeri

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  4. cdiciano@comcast.net'
    Charlie Di Ciano

    Lovely song and a great video. Thanks for sharing your research efforts with us.

    Keep up the good work.

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