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 251-264 of 264 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 8471 10-in. 5/31/1922 Whenever you're lonesome (Just telephone me) Green Brothers' Novelty Band Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 8638 10-in. 10/18/1922 He loves it Billy Jones Male vocal solo and male vocal chorus composer  
Edison 9761 10-in. 10/2/1924 Temper'mental papa Kansas City Five ; Josephine Miles Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble songwriter  
Edison 10984 10-in. 5/14/1926 Blue bonnet—you make me feel blue Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 11015 10-in. 5/28/1926 Blue bonnet—you make me feel blue Frank Braidwood ; Irwin Dash Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Edison 11208 10-in. 9/17/1926 Scatter your smiles Joe Candullo ; Everglades Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 11654 10-in. 4/15/1927 There's something nice about everyone but there's everything nice about you Palais D'Or Orchestra ; J. Donald Parker ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison 11744 10-in. 6/17/1927 Red lips, kiss my blues away Bachelors Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 18318 10-in. 3/20/1928 In the sweet bye and bye Theo Alban ; Duke Yellman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison 18555 10-in. 5/31/1928 Cherie chilly-pom-pom-pee Radio Franks Male vocal duet, with orchestra arranger  
Edison 19199 10-in. 5/17/1929 Me and the clock (Tick-i-ty tock and you) Oreste Queensland Orchestra ; The Rollickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Edison N-903 10-in. 5/17/1929 Me and the clock (Tick-i-ty tock and you) Oreste Queensland Orchestra ; The Rollickers [Edison] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Vocalion E3030-E3031 10-in. 5/12/1926 Blue bonnet, you make me feel blue Tuxedo Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Vocalion E3714-E3715 10-in. Sept. 1926 Scatter your smiles Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
(Results 251-264 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106775

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