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 101-125 of 138 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||84502||5/14/1953||Riverboat shuffle||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84503||5/14/1953||Singin' the blues||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84504||5/14/1953||Clarinet marmalade||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||86741||9/2/1954||When my dreamboat comes home||Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||86742||9/2/1954||Careless love, part 1||Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||86743||9/2/1954||Careless love, part 2||Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||86744||9/2/1954||Careless love, part 3||Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||86747||9/3/1954||Judy||Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||86748||9/3/1954||Oh, Doctor Ochsner||Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||86749||9/3/1954||Washington and Lee swing||Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||86750||9/3/1954||My wild Irish Rose||Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88869||12/6/1955||Singin' the blues till my Daddy comes home||Jimmy McPartland Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||89304||2/1/1956||Jazz me blues||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||89305||2/1/1956||In a mist||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||89306||2/1/1956||Way down yonder in New Orleans||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||89307||2/1/1956||Sorry||Jimmy McPartland Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||90697||10-in.||4/24/1936||Eccentric||Jimmy McPartland's Squirrels||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||90698||10-in.||4/24/1936||Original Dixieland one-step||Jimmy McPartland's Squirrels||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||90699||10-in.||4/25/1936||I'm all bound 'round with the Mason-Dixon line||Jimmy McPartland's Squirrels||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||90700||10-in.||4/25/1936||Panama||Jimmy McPartland's Squirrels||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||T-1909||10-in.||12/18/1943||Squeeze me||Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||T-1910||10-in.||12/18/1943||When I grow too old to dream||Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||T-1911||10-in.||12/18/1943||Too many times||Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||T-1912||10-in.||12/18/1943||The sheik of Araby||Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||N 1776||10-in.||2/29/1944||Panama||Joe Marsala 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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