Title Publicity Photo of Korla Pandit Born John Roland Redd
Date of Original Circa 1949
Date of Digital 13 November 2004

CALIFORNIA - Born in St. Louis, John Roland REDD (1921-1998) a.k.a. Korla Pandit a.k.a. Juan Rolando www.korlapandit.com was one of the seven children of Reverend Ernest S. REDD, Sr. (1883-1966) and Doshia O'Nina (Johnson) REDD.  The Redd family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, in 1922, when his father became the minister of the Eighth and Center Street Baptist Church.  While in Hannibal, the family resided at resided at 204 N. 8th Street.  John Roland REDD was an accomplished musician.  Although his antecedants were African American, he changed his name to Korla Pandit and claimed to be from India.  He married Beryl June DeBeeson PANDIT in California.  Some of his most famous accomplishments included accompanying Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, and music for a puppet show "Time for Beany."  In the latter, he opened with his original "Magnetic Theme." He had his own radio show starting in 1949, in Los Angeles, where he provided all the music for "Chandu The Magician."  He was well known for being able to play two organs or pianos at the same time, along with his "exotic" look.  His television show in the 1950's was called "Adventures in Music."  When he quit his television show, Liberace replaced him with the same piano and sets.He appeared in several movies throughout his career, including "Something to Live For" (1952), "Which Way Is Up?" (1977) and "Ed Wood" (1996).   He also appeared in a number of Rose Bowl Parades.  He died in Petaluma, California. http://www.korlapandit.com/obituarieskorlaberylshari.htm

Creator Unknown
Contributor Hall, Rhonda. deClue, David.
Publisher Hannibal Free Public Library (Hannibal, MO)
Subject Redd, John Roland, 1922-1998.
Subject African American musicians -- United States -- 20th century.
Subject Pandit, Korla, 1922-1998.
Subject Rolando, Juan
Original Format Photograph, black and white, 8" by 10", slight blemish in upper left corner.
Digital Format jpg
Identifier B7220