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 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  
(Results 201-225 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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