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: