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The Bill Randle Chronicles -
From Electric Elvis To The Shakers
PineTree Press, 2015

by Roger Lee Hall


Rare picture of Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle,
introducing Elvis Presley in Cleveland in 1955

© PineTree Productions, 2005


 

 

This new unique multi-media collection is unlike print books since it contains the original source material in 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 is still unreleased:

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

 

Country Song Round-Up Magazine

 


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.

 

 

 

Bill Randle: Record Producer

 

Disc jockey Bill Randle was also a record producer. He worked on this 45 RPM record for Columbia Records, released in 1959,

Battle Hymn of the Republic (Grammy Award winner)

 

Included on the CD-ROM are files about blues legend, Big Bill Broonzy, who Randle produced an LP album for, and also an NPR tribute to Broonzy.

 

The most ambitious production by Bill Randle was his 10 LP album box set, The Shaker Heritage (1961), with the cover art by Tom Wilson of Ziggy comic strip fame. The music portion of that box set has been reissued on a 2 CD set with 72 page illustrated booklet written by Roger Hall. The CD set is titled,
Let Zion Move: Music of the Shakers
(Rounder Records, 1999) --

 

The Shakers are America's oldest religious communal society founded in the 1780s. Only one of their communities still survives at Sabbathady Lake, Maine. They were very prolific in music and it is estimated that over 10,000 tunes were composed by them from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Read the article, "The Simple Gifts of Shaker Music in America" -- click here

Several Shaker songs from 1961 are included on The Bill Randle Chronicles disc.

Also on the CD-ROM is a song from 1961, "Dream World," written by songwriter, Roger Lee Hall, as an homage to Elvis Presley, and performed by The Potpourris.

The Bill Randle Chronicles CD-ROM contains these folders:

  • Article: The Legacy of Bill Randle, Record Promoter & Producer
  • Article: The Promotion of Electric Elvis (includes Alanna Nash interview)
  • Article: When Elvis Rocked Cleveland
  • Audio: Bill Randle and Electric Elvis
  • Audio: Bill Randle Remembered
  • Audio: Bill Randle TV Show (1956)
  • File 1: Cleveland's Top D.J. (magazine article)
  • File 2: The Pied Piper Of Cleveland (about lost 1955 movie short)
  • File 3: Electric Elvis (1955-56)
  • File 4: Big Bill Broonzy LP - Bill Randle, Record Producer
  • File 5: The Shaker Heritage - From LP to CD
  • File 6: Bill Randle Memorial Tributes (2004)
  • File 7: Picture Gallery
  • File 8: Contents and Credits
  • Video: Elvis Presley National TV Debut (1956)

 


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!!! Can't wait to read it All!!!
    -- Mark Lee Pringle, Elvis re-enacter

 

 


The Bill Randle Chronicles 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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This publication (PineTree Press, 2010) is still available but only a few copies remain. To order:

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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)

 

 

 

Also available is this
CD-ROM collection ...

"Dream World"
Songs, Poems and Stories

 


Roger Hall has written about his admiration of the early Elvis recordings and how they inspired his early songwriting career.

This collection provides the story of a hard-working songwriter and includes over 100 pictures and rare audio files, including some of Roger's early songs.

One of Roger's first songs was "Dream World." It was written to pay homage to an Elvis hit record from 1960, "It's Now or Never."
That song and other lyrics plus a selection of Roger's poems and personal stories are included on this CD-ROM:

 

"Dream World" - Songs, Poems and Stories by Roger Hall

 

 

 

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