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|
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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