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Early Elvis Presley...

[Picture of Elvis Presley on "Stage Show" March 24, 1956
from elvispresleymusic.com/au]

and the Cleveland disc jockey who helped
make Elvis famous

[Picture of Elvis Presley and Bill Randle, Nov 23, 1956 from scottymoore.net]

 

New release
for the 60th anniversary of Elvis National TV Debut!

"Shake, Rattle and Roll" -
Electric Elvis and Bill Randle


3rd revised edition, 2016

by Roger Lee Hall

 

 

Cover shows rare pictures of Elvis Presley from Cleveland, Ohio in 1955
(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

Electric Elvis

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...

Read more about the CD-ROM -- CLICK HERE

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.

 

 

 

© PineTree Productions
(courtesy of Bill Randle)

"I've read the article. Fantastic info for ALL Elvis fansl!!"
-- Mark Lee Pringle, popular Elvis impersonator

This new edition is available for a limited time.

To order the special CD-ROM playable on computer,

"Shake, Rattle and Roll" -
Electric Elvis and Bill Randle

(PTM 1010)

look under Featured Titles (No. 2)
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Another publication about
the Cleveland disc jockey and record producer...
.

 

The Bill Randle Chronicles -
From Electric Elvis To The Shakers
(PTM 1039)
PineTree Press, 2nd edition, 2016

by Roger Lee Hall


Popular Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle

 

 

 

Read more bout this computer disc with files, music albums and more -- click here

Praise for The Bill Randle Chronicles--

  • "I must say it is an impressive collection. I was glad to see the original Time Magazine article on Randle reprinted as well as other documents, like Col. Parker's telegram, and was especially interested in the interview with Alanna Nash. 
    -- Allen Wiener, author of the book,
    Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock n' Roll

 


The Bill Randle Chronicles:
From Electric Elvis To The Shakers

by Roger Lee Hall

 


available on a CD-ROM readable on your computer,
with articles, music album, audio files
including an interview with Bill Randle,
a picture gallery, and
video clip of Elvis national TV debut
in 1956.
It is available for $19.95 including shipping.

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see "Featured Title No. 6" at the

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Why isn't Bill Randle in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

 

Disc jockey Alan Freed (1986), TV host Dick Clark (1993), and other early non-performers are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Yet the influential WERE radio host, who in the mid-1950s was one of America's top disc jockeys and helped promote major rock stars like Bill Haley & His Comets and Elvis Presley is still not in the Hall of Fame.

If you would like to join the campaign to install Bill Randle, send your email request to:

Rock and Rolll Hall of Fame
(Cleveland, Ohio)

Read more about the home of
the Hall of Fame at

Hello Cleveland: The City's Rock and Roll Legacy

 

 

 

 

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