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Pete Wendling

Pete Wendling was one of the most sought after composers on Tin Pan Alley, collaborating with many of the great lyricists including Joe Young, Sam M. Lewis, Edgar Leslie, Bert Kalmar, Tot Seymour and Jack Meskill.

He was born in New York City on June 6, 1888. During high school, he competed in and won a national contest for ragtime pianists. He began performing on the vaudeville circuit with Lewis Muir and in 1913 traveled to England where he performed his sketches at the Hippodrome in London for a record 8 consecutive weeks.

Wendling joined the Rhythmodik Music Roll Company in 1914 and started to record his performances on paper rolls for player pianos. In 1918, joined the largest piano roll company, QRS, and rapidly became one of their most popular artists before being dropped by the company in 1925.

In the late 1920’s, Wendling worked as a staff writer for publisher Berlin, Waterson & Snyder, where he wrote some of the biggest hits of the 30’s. His catalog includes “Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula”, “Oh, How I Wish I Could Sleep Till My Daddy Comes Home”, “Oh! What a Pal Was Mary”, “All the Quakers are Shoulder Shakers”, “Take Me to the Land of Jazz”, “Take Your Girlie to the Movies”, “Red Lips, Kiss My Blues Away”, “There’s Danger in Your Eyes Cherie”, “Swingin’ in a Hammock”, “I’m Sure of Everything But You”, “I Believe in Miracles”, “On the Street of Regret”, “Crying Myself to Sleep”, “Looks Like a Beautiful Day”, “The Story of Annie Laurie” and “Oky Doky Tokyo.”