Collector's Weekly has an article on a new book called "1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards." The book reproduces color slides that Edwards took of all the music and movie stars who passed through the studios of WERE-AM in Cleveland from 1955-1960. Edwards would project his slides on the walls of high school gyms, where he produced record hops and live shows.
His color slides were the social media of their day. Obviously there was no Internet, TV was mostly black and white, and the press was stingy in its coverage of pop music, let alone rock 'n' roll, compared to today. For many of the kids in those gyms, this was the first time they had seen, for example, that famous photo of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley taken in 1955, when Haley was still the king of rock 'n' roll (Elvis would leave him in the dust within a few months). Today that photo is a classic that we take for granted. Back then it made people gasp.
The article includes an interview with the book's author, Christopher Kennedy, as well as eight photos from the book (two of Presley).
Source: Email / Updated: Jul 14, 2011