George Godfrey Wettling (November 28, 1907 – June 6, 1968) was an American jazz drummer.
He was one of the young Chicagoans who fell in love with jazz as a result of hearing King Oliver's band (with Louis Armstrong on second cornet) at Lincoln Gardens in the early 1920s. Oliver's drummer, Baby Dodds, made a particular and lasting impression on Wettling.
Wettling went on to work with the big bands of Artie Shaw, Bunny Berigan, Red Norvo, Paul Whiteman, and Harpo Marx, but he was at his best with bands led by Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier, and himself. In these small bands, Wettling demonstrated the arts of dynamics and responding to a particular soloist that he had learned from Baby Dodds.
Wettling was a member of some of Condon's bands, which included Wild Bill Davison, Billy Butterfield, Edmond Hall, Peanuts Hucko, Pee Wee Russell, Cutty Cutshall, Gene Schroeder, Ralph Sutton, and Walter Page. In 1957 he toured England with a Condon band that included Davison, Cutshall, and Schroeder.
Towar the end of his life, Wettling, like his friend clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, took up painting and was influenced by the American cubist Stuart Davis. He has been said to have believed that "jazz drumming and abstract painting seemed different for him only from the point of view of craftsmanship: in both fields he felt rhythm to be decisive".
Birth and Death Data: Born November 28th, 1907 (Topeka), Died June 6th, 1968 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, traps
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 138 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||65363||10-in.||4/7/1939||What'll I do ?||Paul Whiteman's Sax Octette||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65364||10-in.||4/7/1939||I kiss your hand, Madame-1||Paul Whiteman's Sax Octette||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65365||10-in.||4/7/1939||After you've gone||Paul Whiteman's Sax Octette||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65366||10-in.||4/8/1939||Three little fishies||Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65367||10-in.||4/8/1939||Hooray for spinach||Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65368||10-in.||4/8/1939||Step up and shake my hand||Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65369||10-in.||4/8/1939||Now and then||Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65370||10-in.||4/8/1939||Mandy||Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65429||12-in.||4/18/1939||Concerto in F (Gershwin): 1st mvt. , part 1||Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65430||12-in.||4/18/1939||Concerto in F (Gershwin): 1st mvt., part 2||Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65431||12-in.||4/18/1939||Concerto in F (Gershwin): 2nd mvt.||Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65432||12-in.||4/18/1939||Concerto in F (Gershwin): 3rd mvt.||Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65581||10-in.||5/16/1939||Lazy||Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65781||10-in.||6/13/1939||Say it with music||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65782||10-in.||6/13/1939||Lady of the evening||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65783||10-in.||6/13/1939||All alone||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65784||10-in.||6/13/1939||Remember||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66498||10-in.||11/9/1939||Oh, Johnny! Oh, Johnny! Oh!||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66499||10-in.||11/9/1939||South American way||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66906||10-in.||11/24/1939||All the things you are||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66907||10-in.||11/24/1939||All in fun||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66908||10-in.||11/24/1939||Heaven in my arms||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66909||10-in.||11/24/1939||That lucky fellow||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66996||10-in.||12/21/1939||The creaking old mill on the creek||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66997||10-in.||12/21/1939||The gaucho serenade||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wettling, George," accessed October 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105504.
Wettling, George. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105504.
"Wettling, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 October 2021.
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