Rudy Wiedoeft

Real Name:
Rudolph Cornelius Wiedoeft
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American Saxophonist, helped bring the saxophone into popularity in the early 20th century. (January 3, 1893 - February 18, 1940).

Born in Detroit to a large family of musicians, Wiedoeft began playing with his family orchestra, first on violin, then on clarinet. After moving to New York, he discovered the saxophone, which was still a relatively obscure instrument. Shortly thereafter, he began the long series of recordings with the Edison company which lead to his world-wide fame. He would go on to make more than 300 recordings for Edison and other labels until his death. Some of his original compositions were hits in their day, notably Valse Erica, Valse Llewellyn ( Rudy Wiedoeft / Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra - Valse Llewellyn / My Waikiki Mermaid, Saxema, Saxophobia, and Sax-o-Phun.

His chief instrument was the C melody saxophone, a variety which was immensely popular in the 1910s and 20s. His style was noted for very rapid runs of well articulated notes in between long lush legato phrases in a ragtime influenced style. Wiedoeft employed several 'sound effects,' such as slap tonguing, "laughing" (altering/bending the pitch of the note), and "chock tones" alongside his very distinguishable vibrato.

He remained a very popular entertainer into the 1920s and performed regularly on radio, but his style faded in popularity in the U.S. with the onset of the Great Depression. In the early 1930s he toured Europe, where his music was still appreciated, and briefly worked in Rudy Vallee's band. From the mid-1930s on, he essentially stopped playing and was involved in several mining investments that, unfortunately, proved unsuccessful.

Rudy and his wife Mary had a difficult relationship partially due to difficulties in maintaining their flamboyant lifestyle and alcohol abuse. On March 24, 1937, he was nearly killed when Mrs. Wiedoeft stabbed him with a butcher knife in a domestic dispute about money. The couple reconciled, and in the same year Rudy made his last radio appearance on the Phil Spitalny Radio Show. He died in Flushing, New York in 1940 from cirrhosis of the liver.
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Rudy Wiedoeft Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

2016 Rudy Wiedoeft - Lonesome Road / I've Got My Captain Working For Me Now album art Rudy Wiedoeft / Palace Trio* Rudy Wiedoeft / Palace Trio* - Lonesome Road / I've Got My Captain Working For Me Now(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2016 US 1919 Sell This Version
1061 Rudy Wiedoeft - The Moonlight Waltz / My Desert Love album art Rudy Wiedoeft & George Hamilton Green Rudy Wiedoeft & George Hamilton Green - The Moonlight Waltz / My Desert Love(Shellac, 10") Emerson Records (2) 1061 US 1919 Sell This Version
1043 Rudy Wiedoeft - Saxophobia / Valse Erica album art Rudy Wiedoeft Saxophobia / Valse Erica(Shellac, 10") Emerson Records (2) 1043 US 1919 Sell This Version
2015 Rudy Wiedoeft - My Cairo Love / Saxophopia album art All Star Trio / Rudy Wiedoeft All Star Trio / Rudy Wiedoeft - My Cairo Love / Saxophopia(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2015 US 1920 Sell This Version
14088 Rudy Wiedoeft - Saxema / Valse Erica album art Rudy Wiedoeft Saxema / Valse Erica(Shellac, 10") Aeolian Vocalion 14088 US 1920 Sell This Version
2019 Rudy Wiedoeft - Lewellyn / Erica album art Rudy Wiedoeft Lewellyn / Erica(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2019 US 1920 Sell This Version
20010 Rudy Wiedoeft - Oh, By Jingo / Saxophone Blues album art Al Bernard / Al Bernard, Rudy Wiedoeft Al Bernard / Al Bernard, Rudy Wiedoeft - Oh, By Jingo / Saxophone Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 20010 US 1920 Sell This Version
Rudy Wiedoeft - Valse Erica / Saxophobia album art Rudy Wiedoeft Valse Erica / Saxophobia His Master's Voice US 1921 Sell This Version
801 Rudy Wiedoeft / George Hamilton Green Rudy Wiedoeft / George Hamilton Green - Saxophobia / Humoresque(Shellac, 10") Clarion (7) 801 US 1921 Sell This Version
4834 Rudy Wiedoeft - Pyramids / Valse Yvonne album art Pietro Capodiferro / Rudy Wiedoeft Pietro Capodiferro / Rudy Wiedoeft - Pyramids / Valse Yvonne(Shellac, 10") Gennett 4834 US 1922 Sell This Version
19167 Rudy Wiedoeft - Souvenir / Saxarella album art Rudy Wiedoeft Souvenir / Saxarella(Shellac, 10") Victor 19167 US 1923 Sell This Version
84-D Rudy Wiedoeft - Saxema / Souvenir album art Rudy Wiedoeft With Frank Banta Rudy Wiedoeft With Frank Banta - Saxema / Souvenir(Shellac, 10") Columbia 84-D US 1924 Sell This Version
Rudy Wiedoeft - I Miss My Swiss / Valse Vanité album art Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra* / Rudy Wiedoeft Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra* / Rudy Wiedoeft - I Miss My Swiss / Valse Vanité His Master's Voice UK 1925 Sell This Version
2945 Rudy Wiedoeft - Mélodie / Mazaneta album art Rudy Wiedoeft Mélodie / Mazaneta(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2945 US 1925 Sell This Version
19771 Rudy Wiedoeft - la Cinquantaine / Vanity album art Rudy Wiedoeft, Frank Banta at the piano* Rudy Wiedoeft, Frank Banta at the piano* - la Cinquantaine / Vanity(Shellac, 10") Victor 19771 US 1925 Sell This Version
19559 Rudy Wiedoeft - Kiss Me Again / Valse Manzanetta album art Rudy Wiedoeft , Frank Banta Rudy Wiedoeft , Frank Banta - Kiss Me Again / Valse Manzanetta(Shellac, 10") Victor 19559 US 1925 Sell This Version
Rudy Wiedoeft - Sax-O-Phun / La Cinquantaine album art Rudy Wiedoeft Sax-O-Phun / La Cinquantaine Columbia UK 1926 Sell This Version
761-D Rudy Wiedoeft - Sax-o-phun / Valse Mazanetta album art Rudy Wiedoeft Sax-o-phun / Valse Mazanetta(Shellac, 10") Columbia 761-D US 1926 Sell This Version
Rudy Wiedoeft - Melody / Song Of The Boatmen album art Rudy Wiedoeft Melody / Song Of The Boatmen Columbia US 1927 Sell This Version
4363 Rudy Wiedoeft - Song Of The Volga Boatmen / La Paloma album art Rudy Wiedoeft Song Of The Volga Boatmen / La Paloma(Shellac, 10") Columbia 4363 UK 1927 Sell This Version
Rudy Wiedoeft - Marilyn / Saxema album art Rudy Wiedoeft Marilyn / Saxema Victor US 1928 Sell This Version
21598 Rudy Wiedoeft - La Golondrina / Rubenola  album art Rudy Wiedoeft La Golondrina / Rubenola (Shellac, 10") Victor 21598 US 1928 Sell This Version
E.G. 1178 Rudy Wiedoeft - La Golondrina / Rubenola  album art Rudy Wiedoeft La Golondrina / Rubenola (Shellac, 10") Electrola E.G. 1178 Germany 1928 Sell This Version
A 253 Rudy Wiedoeft - Narcissus / Valse Vanité album art The Wiedoeft Band* / Rudy Wiedoeft The Wiedoeft Band* / Rudy Wiedoeft - Narcissus / Valse Vanité(Shellac, 10") Brunswick A 253 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
8122 Rudy Wiedoeft - Llewellyn Waltz / Marche Indienne album art Bergh's Concert Band / Rudy Wiedoeft Bergh's Concert Band / Rudy Wiedoeft - Llewellyn Waltz / Marche Indienne(Shellac, 10") Medallion (2) 8122 Unknown Sell This Version

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