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 101-125 of 264 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||78396||10-in.||4/17/1919||The music of wedding chimes||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||78439||10-in.||5/19/1919||Take your girlie to the movies (If you can't make love at home)||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||78505||10-in.||6/18/1919||Down by the meadow brook||Columbia Orchestra ; Charles Adams Prince||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||78527||10-in.||6/23/1919||Take me to that land of jazz||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||78565||10-in.||7/17/1919||Oh! What a pal was Mary||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||78688||10-in.||9/23/1919||Oh! What a pal was Mary||Columbia Saxophone Sextette ; Grant Stephens [i.e., George Meader]||Saxophone sextet, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||79152||10-in.||4/30/1920||In sweet September||Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||80378||10-in.||6/7/1922||Sleepy little village (where the Dixie cotton grows)||Hart Sisters||Female vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||80516||10-in.||8/10/1922||Whenever you're lonesome (Just telephone me)||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||80616||10-in.||10/17/1922||He loves it||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||80633||10-in.||11/9/1922||Those star spangled nights in Dixieland||Frank Westphal Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||80637||10-in.||10/30/1922||He loves it||Eddie Cantor||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||80832||10-in.||2/2/1923||Maxie Jones (King of the saxophones)||Columbians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80877||10-in.||2/28/1923||Papa blues||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||composer|
|Columbia||37123||12-in.||2/23/1915||Beverly hunt||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||49270||12-in.||11/13/1917||Over the top||Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson||Band||composer|
|Columbia||49654||12-in.||7/25/1919||And he'd say oo-la la! Wee-wee||Billy Murray ; Yerkes Jazarimba Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||49693||12-in.||11/11/1919||Oh! What a pal was Mary||Fred Hughes ; Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||141981||10-in.||4/19/1926||Blue bonnet, you make me feel blue||Irving Kaufman ; Manhattan Dance Makers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W142134||10-in.||5/3/1926||Blue bonnet—you make me feel blue||Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142209||10-in.||5/15/1926||Scatter your smiles||Gangplank Orchestra ; Earl Gresh||Jazz/dance band, with singing by members of the band||songwriter|
|Columbia||143369||10-in.||1/31/1927||There's everything nice about you||The Westerners ; Jack Wilson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||143742||10-in.||4/5/1927||Red lips, kiss my blues away||Irving Kaufman ; Lou Gold Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W143792||10-in.||3/28/1927||There's everything nice about you||Peabody Trio ; The Seven Aces||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||composer|
|Columbia||W144016||10-in.||4/10/1927||Red lips—kiss my blues away||Don Howard ; Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Harry Maxfield||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||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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