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 6, 1888, Died April 7, 1974
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, arranger, piano, lyricist
= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 226-250 of 281 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E32747||10-in.||May 1930||Dream Avenue||Jack Denny ; Mount Royal Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||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||E35066||10-in.||11/1/1930||Who’s calling you sweetheart tonight?||Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E35465||10-in.||Nov. 1930||Who’s calling you sweetheart tonight||Detroiters ; Milt Shaw||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal||composer|
|Brunswick||E35468||10-in.||Nov. 1930||Crying myself to sleep!||Detroiters ; Milt Shaw||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal||composer|
|Brunswick||E36677||10-in.||4/30/1931||Rock me in a cradle of Kalua||Castlewood Marimba Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E36683||10-in.||5/5/1931||Rock me in a cradle of Kalua||Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E36920||10-in.||7/10/1931||Give me your affection, honey||Californians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E36977||10-in.||7/17/1931||Give me your affection (Honey)||Will Osborne and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37369||10-in.||11/20/1931||By the sycamore tree||Art Kahn's Orchestra [Brunswick Studio Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E37438||10-in.||12/1/1931||Yaaka hula hickey dula||Five Pennies ; Red Nichols||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E3030-E3031||10-in.||5/12/1926||Blue bonnet, you make me feel blue||Tuxedo Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E3714-E3715||10-in.||Sept. 1926||Scatter your smiles||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||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)||Castlewood Marimba Band||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|
|Brunswick||C5722||10-in.||5/5/1930||What kinda people are you?||Freddie Rose||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||C5769||10-in.||6/9/1930||Cherie||Milla Dominguez||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Brunswick||C6121||10-in.||Aug. 1930||I’ll be blue, just thinking of you (From now on)||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||C7103||10-in.||Dec. 1930||Crying myself to sleep! (Llorando hasta dormir)||Ben Bernie Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wendling, Pete," accessed August 8, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106775.
Wendling, Pete. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106775.
"Wendling, Pete." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 8 August 2022.
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