Cover shows rare pictures of Elvis Presley from Cleveland, Ohio
(Courtesy of Bill Randle)
© Picture: PineTree Productions
A 3rd edition has been published on CD-ROM. The first edition was published in 2010 and a 2nd edition in 2012. This new 3rd edition has been published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national TV debut of Elvis in 1956.
The author of the CD-ROM, Roger Lee Hall, is a music preservationist, songwriter and a former disc jockey who had an evening radio program, "IN THE MOOD," playing jazz, film soundtracks and pop music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. He opened his first program by playing "Ring Dem Bells" by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. Later on that first program on August 16, he did a short memorial tribute to Elvis Presley with several songs from LOVE ME TENDER which are included on the CD-ROM. Roger was the first person to write an article and mention who actually wrote and arranged all the songs from that 1956 movie and that is one of the files on the CD-ROM.
© Picture: PineTree Productions
Roger Lee Hall grew up listening to Elvis and followed his career since he first heard him on radio and became a fan of his singing and he also liked The Jordanaires, as well as the songwriters and the song arrangements.
Roger has focused on his conversations with Randle about his early promotion of Elvis Presley and the famous movie short which was filmed on October 20, 1955 and reportedly purchased in 1993 by a European company but is still unreleased:
The Pied Piper of Cleveland:
A Day in the Life of a Famous Disc Jockey
(left to right): Bill Randle and Tommy Edwards, Scotty Moore (not shown), Elvis Presley, Bill Black, at Brooklyn High School, Brooklyn, Ohio, October 20, 1955
The above picture is from the handsome book:
1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards
by Christopher Kennedy, Kent State University Press, 2011.
Elvis came to Cleveland in 1955 at the invitation of WERE disc jockey, Tommy Edwards, which was the first city outside of the South where Elvis performed.
Thanks to the support of Bill Randle, Elvis conquered many of the city's young fans, especially in his highly charged performances for the now lost 1955 movie short, "The Pied Piper of Cleveland: The Day in the Life of a Disc Jockey," and he became what the author of this collection calls
This disc also includes information how Bill Randle promoted Elvis in 1955 and 1956 on his WERE radio program and also with his contacts at WCBS radio in New York City, where Randle was asked to introduce Elvis for his first appearance on national TV for the Dorsey Brothers "Stage Show" in 1956.
On the CD-ROM is an expanded article focusing on Bill Randle's promotion and introduction of Elvis on CBS television on January 28, 1956, from a story which originally appeared in this collection...
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For the 60th anniversary of the first national television appearance, the CD-ROM contains 60 files including articles, picture gallery, two music albums about Bill Randle and Electric Elvis, and video clip from first national TV appearance in January 1956.