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 76-100 of 264 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-87231||10-in.||1/2/1935||I believe in miracles||Hal Davis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-92533||10-in.||6/27/1935||Murder in the moonlight (It's love in the first degree)||Four Towers Orchestra ; Billie Hibberd ; Ray Nichols||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-92774||10-in.||7/26/1935||Nothing lives longer than love||Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-98428||10-in.||12/14/1935||Quicker than you can say Jack Robinson||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-98440||10-in.||12/20/1935||Quicker than you can say Jack Robinson||Dolly Dawn and her Dawn Patrol||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-100360||10-in.||4/9/1936||I'm a fool for loving you||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-07423||10-in.||3/1/1937||Red lips||Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers||String band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-07771||10-in.||4/12/1937||Yaaka hula hickey dula||The Riversiders||Male vocal quartet, with steel guitar and piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-07782||10-in.||4/12/1937||Oh! What a pal was Mary||The Riversiders||Male vocal quartet, with steel guitar and piano||composer|
|Victor||PBS-019301||10-in.||6/1/1938||Don't wake up my heart||Elmer Feldkamp ; Freddy Martin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-023506||10-in.||5/28/1938||Don't wake up my heart||Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-046842||10-in.||2/6/1940||Take your girlie to the movies||Blue Barron ; Ronny Snyder||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-068491||10-in.||12/17/1941||On the street of regret||Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk||composer|
|Victor||BVE-Test-467||10-in.||1/30/1931||Crying myself to sleep||Sylvia Froos||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-Test-1033||10-in.||12/15/1930||Crying myself to sleep||Charles ("Chic") Farmer||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1918-08-02-03]||Not documented||8/2/1918||I miss that Mississippi miss that misses me||Watson Sisters||Female vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||46337||10-in.||1/12/1916||Yaaka, hoola, hickey, doola||Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||46829||10-in.||6/13/1916||Yaaka hula hickey dula||Samuel Jospe ; Howard Kopp||Piano and drums duet||composer|
|Columbia||47190||10-in.||11/24/1916||Call of a nation||Saxo Sextette||Saxophone sextet||composer|
|Columbia||77136||10-in.||6/12/1917||You're Mamma's baby||Nannette Flack||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77322||10-in.||9/10/1917||Waterson hits||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||77333||10-in.||9/13/1917||I'm crazy over every girl in France||Avon Comedy Four||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77407||10-in.||10/3/1917||Over the top||Columbia Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77705||10-in.||3/2/1918||I miss that Mississippi miss that misses me||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||78056||10-in.||9/19/1918||Oh, how I wish I could sleep (until my Daddy comes home)||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||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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