Pete Wendling

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  
(Results 226-250 of 264 records)

Citation

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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