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George 'Red' Callender (1916–1992)

Songwriter ("Primrose Lane", "Pastel"), composer, conductor, arranger, bassist and tubist who, after his college education, performed as bassist within the groups of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Nat 'King' Cole and Lester Young, later forming his own trio. Starting in the early 1950s, prior to which he helped bring about the amalgamation of L.A... See full bio »


(age 76) in Saugus, California, USA

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The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show Music Department
Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot Music Department
Deconstructing Harry
The Smith Family
The Smith Family Music Department


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 1984 A Soldier's Story (musician: acoustic double bass - uncredited)
 1971 Longstreet (TV Series) (musician - 1 episode)
- Elegy in Brass (1971) ... (musician: acoustic double bass - uncredited)
 1971 The Omega Man (musician: bass - uncredited)
 1971 The Smith Family (TV Series) (composer: theme music - as G. Callendar, 1971-1972)
 1970 Kelly's Heroes (musician: bass - uncredited)
 1970 Hunters Are for Killing (TV Movie) (musician: bass - uncredited)
 1967 Point Blank (musician: bass - uncredited)
 1963-1967 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (musician - 120 episodes)
- Episode #4.29 (1967) ... (musician: double bass)
- Episode #4.28 (1967) ... (musician: double bass)
- Episode #4.27 (1967) ... (musician: double bass)
- Episode #4.26 (1967) ... (musician: double bass)
- Episode #4.25 (1967) ... (musician: double bass)
 1965 Once a Thief (musician: tuba - uncredited)
 1964 Broadside (TV Series) (musician - 1 episode)
- Kill 'Em with Kindness (1964) ... (musician - uncredited)
 1964 The Incredible Mr. Limpet (musician: tuba - uncredited)
 1963 Drums of Africa (musician: bass - uncredited)
 1962 Gypsy (musician: alto sax - uncredited)
 1962 Hatari! (musician: tuba - uncredited)
 1959 Some Like It Hot (musician: double bass - uncredited)
 1959 George Washington Carver (Short) (musician: tuba and string bass)
 1957 Three Little Bops (Short) (musician: acoustic double bass - uncredited)
 1951 Joe Adams Presents (TV Series) (music assistant)
 1943 Cabin in the Sky (musician: acoustic double bass - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Songwriter: Wrote "Primrose Lane", a hit for Jerry Wallace in 1959. See more »

Alternate Names:

Original New Orleans Ragtime Band | G. Callendar | Red Callendar | Red Callender


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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Jazz bass player.

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