‘Nature Boy’ composer Eden Ahbez led a Los Angeles life under the stars

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Eden Ahbez lies down in the wildflowers of Topanga Canyon circa 1981. Photo taken and contributed by Judy Di Simone.

The song "Nature Boy" was a huge hit for Nat King Cole and recorded by hundreds of artists, including Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, and Lady Gaga. But most people don’t know the story of the composer, Eden Ahbez, who wrote it about himself. He lived much of his life outside, despite all the royalties from his music. 

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