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|
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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