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 51-75 of 138 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||66998||10-in.||12/21/1939||Darn that dream||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66999||10-in.||12/21/1939||My fantasy||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67014||12-in.||1/3/1940||Manhattan serenade||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67015||12-in.||1/3/1940||Manhattan moonlight||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67016||12-in.||1/3/1940||Metropolitan nocturne||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67021||12-in.||1/4/1940||Manhattan masquerade||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67022||12-in.||1/4/1940||Side street in Gotham, part 1||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67023||12-in.||1/4/1940||Side street in Gotham, part 2||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67059||10-in.||1/16/1940||I've found a new baby||George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67060||10-in.||1/16/1940||Bugle call rag||George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67061||10-in.||1/16/1940||I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate||George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67062||10-in.||1/16/1940||Darktown Strutters' Ball||George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||73279||1/16/1946||After you've gone||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||73280||1/16/1946||Personality||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72497||10-in.||11/8/1944||That ole devil called love||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72498||11/8/1944||Don't explain||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72499||11/8/1944||Big stuff||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72619||10-in.||12/13/1944||When your lover has gone-1||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72620||10-in.||12/13/1944||Whenever there's love-1||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72621||10-in.||12/13/1944||Impromptu ensemble No. 1||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72622||10-in.||12/13/1944||The man I love||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72623||10-in.||12/13/1944||'S wonderful-2||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72798||10-in.||3/27/1945||It's only a paper moon||Delta Rhythm Boys ; Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72799||10-in.||3/27/1945||Cry you out of my heart||Delta Rhythm Boys ; Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72800||10-in.||3/27/1945||Cry you out of my heart||Delta Rhythm Boys ; Ella Fitzgerald||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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