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 176-200 of 264 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||S-7038||10-in.||ca. Oct. 1919||All the Quakers are shoulder shakers down in Quaker Town||Bert Harvey||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-7041||10-in.||Oct. 1919||Oh, what a pal was Mary||Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-7053||10-in.||ca. Oct. 1919||Oh! What a pal was Mary||Samuel Ash||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-7568||10-in.||Sept. 1920||What cha gonna do when there ain't no jazz||Rega Dance Orchestra ; Aileen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||o-8234||10-in.||ca. Nov. 1921||Monastery bells||Harmonists ; Julius Lenzberg||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||9784||10-in.||6/24/1926||Blue bonnet||Lloyd Turner ; Villa Venice Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-70270||10-in.||Oct. 1921||Monastery bells||Green Brothers' Novelty Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-70687||10-in.||June 1922||Whenever you're lonesome||Markel's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-70914||10-in.||Oct. 1922||He loves it||Elsie Clark||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-71326||10-in.||Mar. 1923||Maxie Jones||Tampa Blue Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-71545||10-in.||May 1923||Papa blues||Pete Wendling||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|OKeh||S-71637||10-in.||6/18/1923||Page Paderewski||Pete Wendling||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|OKeh||W80215||10-in.||11/16/1926||Scatter your smiles||Clarence Williams’ Blue Seven ; Eva Taylor||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||W80273||10-in.||12/30/1926||(I meet her in the moonlight but) She keeps me in the dark||The Goofus Five||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W80275||10-in.||1/3/1927||Usen't you used to be my sweetie?||Ted Wallace and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W80414||10-in.||2/11/1927||There's something nice about everyone (But there's everything nice about you)||Frank Dailey ; Meadowbrook Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W80668||10-in.||3/23/1927||There's something nice about everyone (But there's everything nice about you)||Gerald Macy ; Ed Smalle||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|OKeh||W80699||10-in.||4/6/1927||Red lips, kiss my blues away!||Markel's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W80828||10-in.||5/3/1927||Red lips—kiss my blues away||Alma Rotter||Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano||composer|
|OKeh||W81817||10-in.||11/11/1927||How long has this been goin' on?||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W400715||10-in.||5/28/1928||Chilly pom pom pee||Fred Hall ; Sugar Babies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||arranger|
|OKeh||W400770||10-in.||6/8/1928||Don't keep me in the dark, bright eyes||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|OKeh||W400776||10-in.||6/11/1928||Don't keep me in the dark, bright eyes||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|OKeh||W401554||10-in.||1/24/1929||There's a four leaf clover in my pocket (And a horse shoe over my door)||Fred Hall ; Sugar Babies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W403657||10-in.||1/21/1930||There's danger in your eyes, chérie||Ed Kirkeby Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||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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