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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 126-138 of 138 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca N 1777 10-in. 2/29/1944 Four or five times Joe Marsala Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 1778 10-in. 2/29/1944 Jazzin' babies blues Joe Marsala Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 1779 10-in. 2/29/1944 Weary blues Joe Marsala Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 1780 10-in. 2/29/1944 Wabash blues Joe Marsala Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 1781 10-in. 2/29/1944 High society Joe Marsala Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 1782 10-in. 2/29/1944 Wolverine blues Joe Marsala Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 1783 10-in. 2/29/1944 Blues in C Joe Marsala Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 2944 10-in. 12/14/1944 Jam session jump Eddie Condon instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 2945 10-in. 12/14/1944 Jam session blues Eddie Condon instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 2946 10-in. 12/14/1944 Someone to watch over me Eddie Condon instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 2947 10-in. 12/14/1944 The sheik of Araby Eddie Condon ; Jack Teagarden instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 2948 10-in. 12/14/1944 The man I love Eddie Condon ; Lee Wiley instrumentalist, drums  
Decca N 2949 10-in. 12/14/1944 Somebody loves me Eddie Condon Orchestra ; Jack Teagarden instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 126-138 of 138 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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