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 76-100 of 138 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||72865||10-in.||5/17/1945||(I'll build a) Stairway to paradise-1||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72866||10-in.||5/17/1945||Lady be good, part 1||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72867||10-in.||5/17/1945||Lady be good, part 2||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||72868||10-in.||5/17/1945||My one and only||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||73278||1/16/1946||Blue (and broken hearted)||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||73909||5/8/1947||A-feudin' and a-fightin'||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||73910||5/8/1947||Goodbye my love, goodbye||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||74023||8/5/1947||My melancholy baby||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||74024||8/5/1947||Tulip time in Holland||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||74025||8/5/1947||Nobody knows||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||74026||8/5/1947||We called it music||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||76117||4/10/1950||Washington Post march||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||76118||4/10/1950||My Scandinavian baby||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||76119||4/10/1950||Stars and stripes forever||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||76120||4/10/1950||Your heart of stone||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||76121||4/10/1950||Black bottom||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||76122||4/10/1950||Charleston||Bob Crosby Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84144||3/9/1953||Clarinet marmalade||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84145||3/9/1953||Singin' the blues||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84272||4/7/1953||Davenport blues||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84273||4/7/1953||Since my best gal turned me down||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84274||4/7/1953||Swingin' the blues||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84297||4/9/1953||Ostrich walk||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84298||4/9/1953||Louisiana||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84501||5/14/1953||I'm coming Virginia||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wettling, George," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105504.
Wettling, George. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105504.
"Wettling, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.
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