“Wild Is the Wind” is a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind. Johnny Mathis recorded the song for the film and released it as a single in November 1957. Mathis’ version reached No. 22 on the Billboard chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1958, but lost to “All the Way” by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn from The Joker’s Wild.
The song has been recorded many times, by many performers. The best known versions are one by Nina Simone in 1966, and one by David Bowie released in 1976/1981 as a tribute to Simone.