The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Cleveland Deejay Tommy Edwards

Wednesday, March 21: 7 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate the exhibit 1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Cleveland Deejay Tommy Edwards with songwriter, musician and author Chris Kennedy and Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater.  Kennedy, who discovered the Tommy Edwards photos, will discuss the stories behind the images with Stewart, who wrote the forward for the book that inspired the exhibit.  As a prominent deejay at WERE in Cleveland, Edwards enjoyed unprecedented access to rock, pop and country music’s biggest stars. Capturing artists as they visited WERE’s studios to plug their latest record, or at the many high-school sock hops that he presented between 1955 and 1960, Edwards shot more than 1,700 slides.  Immediately following, a book signing with Kennedy and Stewart will take place outside the theatre. Copies will be available for purchase.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at or at the Museum Box Office. Tickets will be available to Members on Thursday, March 8 at 10am EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, March 9 at 10am EST. Seating is limited. A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall’s RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426. 

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Songwriter, musician and music historian Christopher Kennedy discovered Cleveland deejay Tommy Edwards’ photography collection during his research into the long-lost rock and roll film, The Pied Piper of Cleveland, which is rumored to contain some of the earliest footage of Elvis Presley. Kennedy’s discovery resulted in his 2011 book, 1950s Radio in Color, which features more than 200 images from Edwards’ collection.

Tommy Edwards may never have imagined his photographs would someday be seen in a gallery. Fortunately, history has finally caught up with him, allowing us to feel the wonder and excitement he must have felt every day while witnessing a cultural revolution.  Through his camera’s eye, the stars became mere mortals and at the same time somehow even grander than before. The exhibit, in the Baker Gallery of the Museum’s Main Exhibit Hall, will run through the summer.

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