The Klaudts were Arikari Native Americans, initially from the Fort Bethold Indian Reservation in North Dakota but they later relocated to Norcross, Georgia. They were originally formed in the 30s by Ronald Klaudt (b. Reinhold H. Klaudt, North Dakota, USA), his wife Lillian (b. White Corn Little Soldier, 29 June 1906, d. 3 March 2001) and their children Vernon, Ken, Ray and Melvin. Later Vernon’s wife, Betty, joined the group and Ronald gave up singing to become the group’s manager. Dressed in traditional costumes, they toured extensively singing country gospel music in countless venues that ranged from churches and small halls to major concert halls. They also appeared regularly on networked television and radio shows especially those of Wally Fowler. Their show varied from family-style close harmony quartet singing to solos and their talented instrumentation varied from guitar, piano, organ and bass through to saxophone and trombone. The only non-family members to have played with the Klaudts over the years have been pianists Mal Stewart and Ralph Seibel. They recorded numerous albums on their own Klaudt Family label.