Pete Wendling was born 126 years ago Friday. And I forgot to send a card! He was an acclaimed ragtime pianist, which led to a decade long career "cutting" piano rolls. But he had a longer career as a composer, book ended by "Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula," a 1916 faux Hawaiian number introduced by Al Jolson, to "On the Street of Regret" in 1942. Here's a mid-career success, "Swingin' in a Hammock," by Dick Robertson with Bob Haring and his Orchestra in 1930.
Tonight's "Big Broadcast" also salutes crooner Joey Nash, who gave up singing for a career in the FBI. Plus a trio of bandleaders: Ted Lewis, Bert Lown and Jimmie Lunceford.