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The Singer and The Promoter:

Elvis Presley and Bill Randle

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bill Randle Chronicles -
From Electric Elvis To The Shakers
PineTree Press, 2015 (PTM 1044)

by Roger Lee Hall


Rare picture of Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle,
introducing Elvis Presley on Octber 20, 1955

© PineTree Press, 2005


 

 

This unique multi-media collection is unlike print books and it contains more inofrmation than in the "Shake, Rattle and Roll" title mentioned above.

There are 15 separate folders, and includes over 200 pages of information from newspaper stories, magazines, books and online sites, including "Elvis On Record" a site formerly run by the author.

2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the famous movie short featuring Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and The Comets, Pat Boone, The Four Lads, and Patricia Wright. This collection has information on that film and especially Elvis in Cleveland in 1955 and the promotion of him by Bill Randle.

This new publication is only available on a CD-ROM only by donation from this website and is readable on any computer and has articles, pictures, audio albums, and a video clip of the Elvis TV debut in 1956.

The author of the CD-ROM, Roger Hall, is a music preservationist and a former disc jockey who had an evening radio program, "IN THE MOOD," playing music of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. In 1993, he did a short memorial tribute to Elvis Presley on his radio program which is included on the CD-ROM.

Twenty years earlier, he was a grad student and teaching assistant for Bill Randle at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and he has included his remembrances of speaking with Randle about his early promotion of Elvis Presley and the famous movie short which was filmed on October 20, 1955 and is still unreleased:

The Pied Piper of Cleveland:
A Day in the Life of a Famous Disc Jockey

 

[Rare pictures of Elvis Presley performing for the movie short on October 20, 1955]
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Popular WERE disc jockey, Bill Randle


Other information on the CD-ROM include an early aircheck from Bill Randle's radio show on WERE in Cleveland in 1955, an audio interview with Bill Randle about Elvis and others in the 1950s, an interview with Alanna Nash about her excellent book on Colonel Tom Parker, and other articles with information not available elsewhere.

 

Praise from those who ordered 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

  • Recieved my ''Bill Randle Chronicles'' yesterday!!! Soooo much information!!! I've read the article. Fantastic info for ALL Elvis fansl!!"
    -- Mark Lee Pringle, popular Elvis impersonator

 

 


The Bill Randle Chronicles:
From Electric Elvis To The Shakers

by Roger Lee Hall
PineTree Press, 2015


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.
This CD-ROM is available for $19.95,
including shipping (USA only).

It is for educational, non-commercial use
and to help support this educational website.

For orders outside the USA,
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Now Available!

"Shake, Rattle and Roll" -
Electric Elvis and Bill Randle
PineTree Press, 2016

by Roger Lee Hall

 

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national TV debut of Elvis Presley in 1956...

 

Cover shows rare pictures of Elvis Presley from Cleveland, Ohio in 1955.
© PineTree Productions, 2005

Read more -- click here

This new multi-media CD-ROM concentrates on just two years --1955 and 1956 -- when Elvis Presley became a megastar and lit up the airwaves and television screens. In other words, he became "Electric Elvis." It also includes information the Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle, who helped promote Elvis in those two years. The disc contains a picture gallery, audio album with interviews and music, and a video clip of the Elvis national TV debut. Also on the disc 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 another story about Elvis Presley and Bill Randle -- click here

 

 

Recommended Early Elvis Recordings

(1954-1956)

 

Elvis At Sun

Elvis at Sun

 

Two other CDs are recommended for the SUN Records years:

Sunrise (2 CDs) - this is the best collection available, even the alternate tracks on CD 2 are worth a listen. 

The Sun Sessions  - may be hard to find but worth it for the outtakes & alternate takes.

 

 

 

Elvis 56

Elvis 56

 

 

Elvis

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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)

 

 

 

 

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