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 51-75 of 264 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BAVE-66901||10-in.||ca. Sept. 1932||Hamacándose||Orquesta Adolfo Carabelli||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-67550||10-in.||9/24/1931||Hangin' out with you||Parker Gibbs ; Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-67741||10-in.||12/29/1930||Crying myself to sleep!||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||PBS-68646||10-in.||11/20/1933||We were the best of friends||Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra ; Fred Williams||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-70117||10-in.||7/6/1931||Give me your affection honey||Ted Black Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-70643||10-in.||12/3/1931||By the sycamore tree||Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BRC-72214||10-in.||3/29/1932||Rock me in a cradle of Kalua||The Four New Yorkers||Male vocal quartet, with harp||composer|
|Victor||BS-73856||10-in.||10/21/1932||I'm sure of everything but you||Don Hall Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-73902||10-in.||11/1/1932||I'm sure of everything but you||Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-73979||10-in.||11/22/1932||I'm sure of everything but you||May Singhi Breen ; Peter De Rose ; Peter De Rose Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-74904||10-in.||1/12/1933||Sittin' by the fireside with you||Glen Gray Orchestra ; Kenny Sargent||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-74935||10-in.||1/20/1933||Sittin' by the fire with you||Walter Goodman ; Tommy Osborne and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-75926||10-in.||7/10/1933||Did my heart beat, did I fall in love!||Virginia Hamilton ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76576||10-in.||7/6/1933||Did my heart beat, did I fall in love?||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Loretta Lee ; Barry Wells||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76652||10-in.||7/14/1933||Old Nebraska moon||Don Hall Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76653||10-in.||7/14/1933||Old Nebraska moon||George Donaldson Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with violin and piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76797||10-in.||9/5/1933||Three of us||Pat Harrington ; Vincent Travers Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-77014||10-in.||9/22/1933||Three of us||Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||79661||10-in.||8/21/1934||Que lindo dia vamos ter||Francisco Alves||Male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-80224||10-in.||2/5/1934||Looks like a beautiful day||Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-81065||10-in.||1/16/1934||It's an old fashioned world after all||Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-83620||10-in.||7/23/1934||Ooh! You miser you||Tom Berwick Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-83637||10-in.||7/26/1934||Ooh! You miser you||Don Bestor Orchestra ; Joy Lynne||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-84924||10-in.||11/7/1934||I'm growing fonder of you||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-87086||10-in.||1/5/1935||I believe in miracles||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||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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