Korla Pandit

Korla Pandit (September 16, 1921 – October 2, 1998), born John Roland Redd, was an American musician, composer, pianist, and organist. After moving to California in the late 1940s and getting involved in show business, Redd became known as "Korla Pandit", a French-Indian musician from New Delhi, India. However, Redd was actually a light-skinned African-American man from Missouri who passed as Indian. A pathbreaking musical performer in the early days of television, Redd is known for Korla Pandit's Adventures In Music; the show was the first all-music program on television. He also performed live and on radio and made various film appearances, becoming known as the "Godfather of Exotica". Redd maintained the Korla Pandit persona—both in public and in private—until the end of his life.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 16, 1921 (St. Louis), Died October 2, 1998 (Petaluma)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: organ, leader

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-3536 10-in. 2/4/1950 Roses Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and vocal harmonies instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3537 10-in. 2/4/1950 The eagle's heart Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and vocal harmonies instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3538 10-in. 2/4/1950 The land beyond the sun Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal ensemble, with string band instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3539 10-in. 2/4/1950 I told them all about you Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal ensemble, with string band instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3573 10-in. 3/10/1950 Wagons west Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, organ, leader  
Victor E0VB-3574 10-in. 3/13/1950 Rollin' dust Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, organ, leader  
Victor E0VB-3575 10-in. 3/13/1950 Song of the wagonmaster Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, organ, leader  
Victor E0VB-3576 10-in. 3/13/1950 Chuckwalla swing Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, organ, leader  
Victor E0VB-3589 10-in. 3/30/1950 He is so precious to me Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and instrumental quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3590 10-in. 3/30/1950 Love lifted me Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and instrumental quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3591 10-in. 3/30/1950 What a friend we have in Jesus Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and instrumental quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3592 10-in. 3/30/1950 The old rugged cross Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and instrumental quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3593 10-in. 3/30/1950 Since Jesus came into my heart Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and instrumental quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3594 10-in. 3/30/1950 In the garden Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and instrumental quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3595 10-in. 3/30/1950 I love to tell the story Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and instrumental quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Victor E0VB-3596 10-in. 3/31/1950 Where he leads me Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra instrumentalist, organ, leader  
Victor E0VB-3597 10-in. 3/31/1950 No bed of roses Dale Evans ; Roy Rogers Female-male vocal duet, with vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, organ  
Victor D9VB-0789 10-in. 12/1/1949 Stampede Roy Rogers ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with vocal harmonies, narration, sound effects, and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, organ  
Victor D9VB-0799 10-in. 12/1/1949 Church music Roy Rogers ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with vocal harmonies, and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, organ  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pandit, Korla," accessed October 5, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/357042.

Pandit, Korla. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 5, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/357042.

"Pandit, Korla." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 5 October 2022.

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