Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The Klaudt Indian Family was a southern gospel group whose origins began in the badlands of North Dakota. As the family grew, the parents (Lillian (Little Soldier) and Vernon Klaudt) wanted their children to get a proper Christian
So they headed south to Cleveland, Tennesse where the pentecostal Church of God had its headquarters and biblical school named Lee College (noted for its regarded musical program). As the kids grew and got their education, they joined the family on the road and established scholarships at Lee College in their name.
From 1929 to 1982, the Klaudt Indian Family toured across the United States and around the world - playing nearly 400 dates a year! It has been said that the Klaudts were the first nationally known gospel music group, due to their engagements throughout the country.
In addition to gospel concerts and church venues, they played engagements in Las Vegas, state fairs, professional sports games, and theme parks.
This album was recorded at the height of their popularity in 1964. Their first song, "Indian Christmas Carol" is the only song that has an Indian flavor. The rest is a nice mix of Christmas, organ, and perfectly blended voices.
The Klaudt Indian Family - Peace On Earth; Christmas Greetings
Postscript - my eldest brother Rafael attended and graduated from Lee College (now University) and resides in Cleveland, TN to this day with his wife Joy Lynn (the very definition of a Southern belle).