Bill Randle, one of the most influential, star-making disc jockeys of the 1950s and 1960s and a Cleveland radio voice since 1949 died 3 years ago today at the age of 81. Shortly before he passed on, Bill asked his daughter Pat to finish his memoirs for him. She accepted, and she's busy working on the book. The working title is “The selling of Elvis”.
It was in the fall of 1955 when concert promoter Bill Randle worked with Elvis for the first time. Randle has said that he turned down an offer to manage the singer. But in January 1956, he did introduce Presley on his first national TV appearance on CBS' "Stage Show." By then, Randle was doing double duty, also serving as host of a popular Saturday afternoon show on WCBS in New York, where he also heavily featured Presley's music. It’s not clear yet when Pat Randle will have her fathers book finished.