"Bill Randle was a legend in radio at that time [in the 1950s]." -- Peter Guralnick
"I would not be where I am today if it were not for Bill Randle." -- Tony Bennett
"For reasons best understood by legal minds, the movie was not released at the time and has never been released since, though some sources state that it was shown once in Cleveland."
-- about "The Pied Piper of Cleveland" movie short
[the above quotes are from The Elvis Encyclopedia
by Adam Victor, 2008]
The Bill Randle Chronicles is a unique multi-media collection and unlike print books since it also includes bonus audio albums and video features.
The audio includes a rare air check from Bill Randle's radio show on WERE in Cleveland where he introduces the song, "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" recorded by Elvis Presley, and he reads some young radio listener's comments.
The video features include the television debut of Elvis Presley in 1956, and a television program about the Shaker Village Work Camp in New York State for teenagers in the 1960s.
This publication is only available on a DVD-ROM exclusively from this website.
The author of the disc, Roger Lee Hall, is a longtime music preservationist and a former disc jockey who had a radio program with music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
In the 1970s he was the teaching assistant for Bill Randle at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Randle taught a course titled: "History of American Popular Music" and told the students the story how he introduced Elvis Presley. The students did not believe him until he brought in evidence from a local newspaper in 1955.
Hall has included his remembrances of Randle and about his early promotion of Elvis Presley and the famous movie short which was filmed on October 20, 1955 and that is still unreleased:
The Pied Piper of Cleveland:
A Day in the Life of a Famous Disc Jockey
Rare picture of Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle,
introducing Elvis Presley on October 20, 1955
© PineTree Production, 2005
These are the files (half of them audio or video) on "The Bill Randle Chronicles" DVD:
No. 1: Contents and Credits
No. 2: Cleveland's Top D.J.
The Legacy of Bill Randle
The Promotion of Electric Elvis
No. 5: When Elvis Presley Rocked Cleveland
The Pied Piper of Cleveland
(1955 movie short)
Audio - Bill Randle Introduces Electric Elvis
No. 8: Video - Elvis National Television Debut (1956)
No. 9: Interview with the author, Alanna Nash,
about her book, "The Colonel"
No. 10 - Audio - Bill Randle Television Show (1956)
No. 11 - Audio - Big Bill Broonzy -
Bill Randle, Record Producer
No. 12 - Audio - The Shaker Heritage - From LP to CD
No. 13 - Video - What's New
(National Educational Television, 1966)
No. 14 - Picture Gallery
No. 15 - Audio - Bill Randle,
No. 16 - Audio - Bill Randle Memorial Tribute
on National Public Radio
--audio interviews with Bill Randle about Elvis and others
--interview with Alanna Nash about her book on Elvis Manager, Colonel Tom Parker
--information about record project on Big Bill Broonzy
--the evolution of The Shaker Heritage from LP to CD
-- rare air check from Bill Randle's radio show in 1955