1950’s Radio in Color

Posted by Dee-Ann On July - 18 - 20113,116 views

I am thrilled to do this book review. Why? Because… this… is … one … unique thing! I do appreciate books about Rock and Roll/ Rockabilly. Most of them are picture books. Letting the viewer feast their eyes on wonderful pictures . But this one is more than that. Rare pictures from the fifties and sixties of known and unknown artists, all taken by Tommy Edwards. Who is he? I tell you about him in a minute.

Chris Kennedy is a writer and musician from New York City. He got me curious because his book will be published in July.  A book full of unique photo’s of Tommy Edwards, a Cleveland radio Deejay in the Fifties, who made a picture of everyone who passed through his radio station from 1955-60. Elvis, Chuck Berry, country music superstars, Hollywood celebrities and superstar wannabees.

The most interesting thing is that every picture has a little story from the Tommy Edwards newsletter, or written by the writer Chris Kennedy, or even a note from the artist him- / herself.

Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Connie Francis, The Big Bopper, Wanda Jackson, Doris Day, The Chordettes, The Shepherd Sisters, Johnny Mathis. Just a few names wel all know. Even more names we don’t know but worth viewing and reading about. Wonderful names like, Lola Dee, The De Castro Sisters, The Rhythmettes, Patience and Prudence, Gino and Gina.

Interesting things to know like this picture of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley is worldfamous, but nobody knew it was taken by Tommy Edwards. It was for the first rockumentary movie known today as “The Pied Piper of Cleveland”. The movie is unreleased and actually lost. Nobody knows what happened to it or where it is. Christopher Kennedy’s hunt for this movie made him come across these photographs. Another treasure found by accident.

Enought talk about this book, I still want to read the rest of it, because it is a treasure indeed.

If you are a Rock and roll lover, a music lover, a nosy Joe wanna know all about the artists from way back then… gotto get this book and get yourself into those fun little stories about that time when radio was honest and true! Go go go, get it!



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