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George Wettling

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  
(Results 76-100 of 138 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105504

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