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 6, 1888, Died April 7, 1974
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, arranger, piano, lyricist
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 151-175 of 281 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|Columbia||W150571||10-in.||6/5/1930||Seems to me||Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W150605||10-in.||6/24/1930||Swingin' in a hammock||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150622||10-in.||7/7/1930||It's easy to fall in love||Ben Selvin and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||[W]150633||10-in.||7/8/1930||Swingin' in a hammock||The Harmonians ; Kate Smith||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W150744||10-in.||8/28/1930||I'll be blue, just thinking of you||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W150752||10-in.||9/3/1930||If I'd only listened to you||Fred Rich Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150757||10-in.||9/3/1930||Just a little dance mam'selle||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150785||10-in.||9/11/1930||I'll be blue, just thinking of you (From now on)||Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||[W]150907||10-in.||10/29/1930||I'll be blue, just thinking of you (From now on)||Fred Rich Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150923||10-in.||10/31/1930||I'm tickled pink with a blue eyed baby||Roy Evans||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150953||10-in.||11/14/1930||Crying myself to sleep!||The Knickerbockers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150954||10-in.||11/14/1930||Who's calling you sweetheart tonight?||Ben Selvin and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||composer|
|Columbia||[W]150968||10-in.||11/19/1930||I'm tickled pink with a blue eyed baby||Milt Coleman||Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano||composer|
|Columbia||[W]151598||10-in.||6/12/1931||Rock me in a cradle of Kalua||Frank Ferera's Hawaiian Trio||Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W151714||10-in.||8/10/1931||Give me your affection, honey||Paul Tremaine Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152034||10-in.||12/9/1931||By the sycamore tree||Dorsey Brothers Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152322||10-in.||11/28/1932||I'm sure of everything but you||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152545||10-in.||10/30/1933||We were the best of friends||George Olsen and his Music ; Joe Morrison||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152696||10-in.||1/24/1934||It's an old-fashioned world after all||Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||75291||12-in.||approximately 1916||Yacka hula hickey dula||Ciro's Club Coon Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Columbia||76789||12-in.||approximately February 1920||Oh, what a pal was Mary||London Dance Orchestra ; Corelli Windeatt||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W351076||10-in.||7/21/1931||Give me your affection, honey||Frank Auburn and his Orchestra [Selvin's Orchestra] ; Robert Wood [Scrappy Lambert]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wendling, Pete," accessed August 8, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106775.
Wendling, Pete. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106775.
"Wendling, Pete." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 8 August 2022.
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