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Biography

Three artists share this name:

1. The Wilder Brothers (pictured) were three actual brothers, Warner, Walter, and George Weidler. Warner and Walter were born in Germany and George after the family immigrated to the United States. They were encouraged by their mother, a former Wagnerian opera singer, to explore both music and acting and appeared in several films as children. After performing as members of successful orchestras, including Les Brown's and Stan Kenton's, the brothers decided to work together. Their earliest work was under the name the Weidler Brothers and consisted mainly of polka music. As the Wilder Brothers they released several novelty records as well as doo-wop and easy listening from the 1950s into the 1970s. The brothers also owned their own recording studio and produced other artists like The Newton Brothers and Dick and DeeDee. Several jazz artists recorded there. They later had an easy listening hit, Love Means (You Never Have To Say You're Sorry), as members of the Sounds of Sunshine. George was Doris Day's second husband and their sister was the child actress Virginia Weidler.

2. "The Wilder Brothers" is a pseudonym for John Ireson & Wayn Parham, under which they sang for multiple Spaghetti Western songs.

3. The Wilder Brothers are an acoustic band based in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Formed in 1987, they continue to work music venues up and down the Outer Banks.

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