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 201-225 of 264 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||W403793||10-in.||3/3/1930||There's danger in your eyes, chérie||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W404204||10-in.||6/6/1930||Swingin' in a hammock||Ray Seeley Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W404235||10-in.||6/24/1930||Swingin' in a hammock||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W404389||10-in.||8/29/1930||I don’t mind walkin' in the rain||The Mariners' Trio||Male vocal trio, with guitar and piano||composer|
|OKeh||W404513||10-in.||10/28/1930||I'll be blue, just thinking of you||Smith Ballew||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio||composer|
|OKeh||W404559||10-in.||11/19/1930||I'm tickled pink with a blue-eyed baby||Fred Rich Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W404574||10-in.||12/18/1930||Crying myself to sleep||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||[OK cat 1065-A]||10-in.||approximately June-July 1918||I miss the Mississippi Miss||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet||composer|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5254-a]||10-in.||approximately Aug. 1918||Oh how I wish I could sleep until my Daddy comes home||Henry Burr||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||3277-3278||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1919||Oh! What a pal was Mary||Charles Hart||Male vocal solo and male vocal trio, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||6603-6605||10-in.||approximately Oct. 1921||Monastery bells||Castlewood Marimba Band||Marimba band||composer|
|Brunswick||8263-8265||10-in.||approximately June 1922||Whenever you're lonesome||Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with piano trio||songwriter|
|Brunswick||8913-8914||10-in.||approximately Oct. 1922||He loves it||Margaret Young||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||C5722||10-in.||5/5/1930||What kinda people are you?||Freddie Rose||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||C6121||10-in.||Aug. 1930||I’ll be blue, just thinking of you (From now on)||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||C7103||10-in.||Dec. 1930||Crying myself to sleep! (Llorando hasta dormir)||Ben Bernie Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||C1792-C1793||10-in.||3/24/1928||We ain’t got nothin’ to lose||Ruth Muse||Female vocal solo, with piano, violin, and cello||songwriter|
|Brunswick||C1960-C1961||10-in.||5/21/1928||Chilly pom-pom-pee||Jimmy Joy ; St. Anthony Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble; without vocal (take G)||arranger|
|Brunswick||C4462-C4463||10-in.||4/29/1930||Loose ankles||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LAE474||10-in.||4/25/1929||That’s what I call sweet music||Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal trio; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||LAE673||10-in.||12/11/1929||There's danger in your eyes, chérie!||Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra ; Harry Richman||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LAE696||10-in.||1/31/1930||There's danger in your eyes, chérie||Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||LAE707||10-in.||1/31/1930||There's danger in your eyes, chérie||Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||LAE877||10-in.||9/24/1930||Just a little dance, mam’selle||Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio and vocal ensemble; without vocal (take G)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||[Br (U.K.) cat 174-a]||10-in.||approximately Apr.1928||How long has this been going on?||Ord Hamilton ; Kel Keech||Male vocal duet, with banjo-ukulele||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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