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 126-150 of 264 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W144020 10-in. 4/12/1927 Red lips—kiss my blues away Billy Day Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 144040 10-in. 4/18/1927 Red lips, kiss my blues away Honey Duke and his Uke Male vocal solo, with clarinet, guitar, and ukulele composer  
Columbia 144271 10-in. 6/14/1927 There's everything nice about you Jane Gray Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 145555 10-in. 1/19/1928 I've got nothin'—you've got nothin' (We ain't got nothin' to lose) Ernie Golden and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W145615 10-in. 2/7/1928 (I've got nothin'—you've got nothin') We ain't got nothin' to lose Paul Specht Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W145663 10-in. 2/23/1928 Humoreskimo Clicquot Club Eskimos ; Harry Reser ; Tom Stacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 145699 10-in. 2/29/1928 In the sweet bye and bye Broadway Bellhops ; Harold Rodman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W145855 10-in. 3/29/1928 Starlight and tulips Playboys ; Thelma Terry Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 146301 10-in. 5/16/1928 Chilly pom pom pee University Six Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Columbia W146334 10-in. 5/25/1928 Felix the Cat Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 146412 10-in. 6/7/1928 Don't keep me in the dark, bright eyes Andy Sannella All Star Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 146449 10-in. 6/14/1928 He's worth his weight in gold Irving Gillette Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano composer  
Columbia W146579 10-in. 6/25/1928 Don't keep me in the dark, bright eyes Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W146589 10-in. 6/27/1928 Don't keep me in the dark, bright eyes The Knickerbockers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W147313 10-in. 10/27/1928 Take me to the land of jazz North Georgians ; Lowe Stokes Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin), guitar, and mandolin or banjo-mandolin composer  
Columbia W147782 10-in. 1/14/1929 (That's what I call) Sweet music Paul Specht Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Columbia W149350 10-in. 11/4/1929 There's something nice about everyone Jess Young's Tennessee Band 2 fiddles (violins) and guitar composer  
Columbia [W]149643 10-in. 11/27/1929 Song of the condemned Arthur Fields ; Fred Hall Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W149657 10-in. 11/30/1929 Song of the condemned Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W149778 10-in. 1/17/1930 There's danger in your eyes, cherie! Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W149934 10-in. 1/29/1930 There's danger in your eyes, cherie! Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo composer  
Columbia [W]150053 10-in. 3/3/1930 There's danger in your eyes, cherie! Sid Garry Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia [W]150122 10-in. 3/25/1930 There's danger in your eyes, cherie Lloyd Keating and his Music ; Robert Wood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W150463 10-in. 4/15/1930 Dream Avenue Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Columbia W150570 10-in. 6/5/1930 Swingin' in a hammock Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 126-150 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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