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Red Callender


Among the initial black musicians to be always a regular person in a commercial saving studio. He began using the Lester and Lee Small music group in the 1940s and created his personal trio. He rejected the opportunity to use Duke Ellington’s Orchestra. He was wedded to his wife Mary Lou for twenty-one years; they elevated three daughters. He used Charles Mingus in the 1964 Monterey Jazz Event.

Quick Facts

Date Of Birth March 6, 1916
Died March 8, 1992, Saugus, California, United States
Place Of Birth Haynesville, VA
Profession Bassist
Nationality American
Music Groups Wardell Gray, The Wrecking Crew
Movies Jammin' the Blues
Star Sign Pisces

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1Jazz bass player.

Music Department

Music Department

The Incredible Mr. Limpet1964musician: tuba - uncredited
Drums of Africa1963musician: bass - uncredited
Gypsy1962musician: alto sax - uncredited
Hatari!1962musician: tuba - uncredited
Some Like It Hot1959musician: double bass - uncredited
George Washington Carver1959Short musician: tuba and string bass
Three Little Bops1957Short musician: acoustic double bass - uncredited
Joe Adams Presents1951TV Series music assistant
Cabin in the Sky1943musician: acoustic double bass - uncredited
A Soldier's Story1984musician: acoustic double bass - uncredited
Longstreet1971TV Series musician - 1 episode
The Omega Man1971musician: bass - uncredited
The Smith Family1971TV Series composer: theme music - as G. Callendar, 1971-1972
Kelly's Heroes1970musician: bass - uncredited
Hunters Are for Killing1970TV Movie musician: bass - uncredited
Point Blank1967musician: bass - uncredited
The Danny Kaye Show1963-1967TV Series musician - 120 episodes
Once a Thief1965musician: tuba - uncredited
Broadside1964TV Series musician - 1 episode



An American Rhapsody2001writer: "Primrose Lane" 1957 - as George Callender
Deconstructing Harry1997as Red Callendar, "All the Things You Are" 1939
September1987performer: "My Ideal", "Night and Day" - as Red Callender
The Atomic Cafe1982Documentary performer: "Atomic Love"
The Lawrence Welk Show1971TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Smith Family1971TV Series writer - 15 episodes
Some Like It Hot1959performer: "Sugar Blues" 1920, "Some Like It Hot" 1958, "Sugar Blues - Runnin' Wild" - uncredited
General Electric Theater1956TV Series performer - 1 episode



Fantasy Island1984TV SeriesAcoustic Double Bassist Accompanying Dream Sequence Dance
St. Louis Blues1958Musician
New Orleans1947Bassist (as Red Callendar, Original New Orleans Ragtime Band)
I Dood It1943Acoustic double bassist with Hazel Scott (uncredited)
Think Fast, Mr. Moto1937Nightclub Bassist (uncredited)
Broadway Melody of 19361935Sideline Musician (uncredited)



American Masters1986TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1984TV SeriesHimself
Club Date1983TV SeriesHimself - Bassist
General Electric Theater1956TV SeriesHimself - Member: The Trio
Jammin' the Blues1944ShortHimself - on Bass (as Red Callender)

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