Between 1955 and 1960, popular Cleveland deejay Tommy Edwards photographed the parade of performers who passed through the WERE-AM radio studio for on-air interviews, shooting more than 1,700 Ektachrome slides. Following his death in 1981, most of the collection vanished and was presumed lost. The few images that remained were often reprinted and rarely credited to Edwards, labeled “photographer unknown.” Until now.
Discovered by musician Chris Kennedy in 2006, Tommy Edwards’s candid photographs capture the birth of rock ’n’ roll at its flashpoint: Elvis Presley while he was still dangerous; a raw and incomplete Chuck Berry before his star ascended; and some beady-eyed, high-voiced kid named Roy Orbison. Continue reading.
Bill Haley and Elvis Presley
The Big Bopper
Glenn & Jerry
Scott Engel aka Scott Walker
Thanks to Chris Kennedy. Purchase 1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards