Pete Wendling (June 6, 1888 – April 7, 1974) was an American composer and pianist, born in New York City to German immigrants.
He started his working life as a carpenter, but gained fame during the mid 1910s as a popular music composer - producing such hits as Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula, Take Me To The Land Of Jazz, Take Your Girlie To The Movies, Felix The Cat, and Oh What A Pal Is Mary.
More however, Wendling was also one of the top pianists of his era, and set a long-standing record when he appeared at the London Hippodrome for 8 consecutive weeks. He joined the Rhythmodik Music Roll Company in 1914, and started to record his performances on paper rolls for player pianos. In 1916 he recorded for American Piano Company (Ampico). In 1918, he joined the largest piano roll company, QRS, and rapidly became one of their most popular artists - his distinctive yet always fresh performances constantly topping their best-selling lists and are still in production as of 2003 - over 80 years since they were produced.
In 1925 QRS, who were tightening their belt due to declining sales, released Wendling, and he concentrated on his composing career until his retirement in the 1950s. Married to Anna, he had no children. He died in New York City in April 1974.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 6th, 1888, Died April 7th, 1974
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, arranger, piano, lyricist
Recordings (Results 226-250 of 264 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||R543-2||10-in.||Apr. 1928||How long has this been going on?||Fred Elizalde Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E27981||10-in.||8/6/1928||Don’t keep me in the dark, Bright Eyes||Kenn Sisson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E28197||10-in.||9/11/1928||Chilly pom pom pee||Victorian Syncopators||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E29244||10-in.||Feb. 1929||There's a four-leaf clover in my pocket (And a horse-shoe over my door)||Colonial Club Orchestra [Bob Haring Orchestra] ; Dick Robertson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E29324||10-in.||Feb. 1929||There’s a four-leaf clover in my pocket (And a horseshoe over my door)||Wendell W. Hall||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E29779||10-in.||May 1929||Me and the clock (Tick-i-ty tock and you)||Roy Ingraham Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E29960||10-in.||May 1929||Wonderful you||Castlewood Marimba Band [Marimba Orchestra]||Marimba band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E32851||10-in.||June 1930||Dream Avenue||Harry Richman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E33303||10-in.||7/1/1930||Swingin’ in a hammock||Bob Haring Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||composer|
|Brunswick||E34655||10-in.||10/1/1930||I’ll be blue just thinking of you||Chester Gaylord||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E34830||10-in.||10/10/1930||I’ll be blue just thinking of you||Chester Gaylord||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E36920||10-in.||7/10/1931||Give me your affection, honey||Californians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E20237-E20238||10-in.||9/24/1926||Scatter your smiles||Casa Lopez Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E21407-E21408||10-in.||2/2/1927||Monastery bells (Waltz)||Marimba Orchestra [Brunswick Records]||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E21431-E21433||10-in.||2/4/1927||There’s everything nice about you||Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman||Piano duet, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E23252-E23254||10-in.||5/19/1927||Red lips—kiss my blues away||Clevelanders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E26970-E26972||10-in.||3/14/1928||In the sweet bye and bye||Anthony Galla-Rini||Accordion solo, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26972)||composer|
|Edison||4548||10-in.||3/2/1916||Yaaka hula hickey dula||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6063||10-in.||Mar. 1918||I miss that Mississippi miss that misses me||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6419||10-in.||between 10/10/1918 and 10/23/1918||Oh! how I wish I could sleep until my daddy comes home||Moonlight Trio||Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6822||10-in.||6/4/1919||Take me to the land of jazz||Bert Harvey||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6903||10-in.||8/5/1919||Oh! What a pal was Mary||Edward Allen||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||8170||10-in.||8/4/1921||My little sister Mary||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||8315||10-in.||12/13/1921||Monastery bells waltz||Henry Lange||Piano solo||composer|
|Edison||8346||10-in.||1/24/1922||A sleepy little village (Where the Dixie cotton grows)||Billy Jones||Male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wendling, Pete," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106775.
Wendling, Pete. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106775.
"Wendling, Pete." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.
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