01.09.2011, Words by Charlie Jones

Lost photos of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Doris Day and Roy Orbison

New York musician Christopher Kennedy stumbled upon a never-before-published collection of 1950s colour slides taken by Cleveland radio DJ Tommy Edwards during the 50s. He discovered photographs of practically everyone who passed through the radio station from 1955 to 1960. Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Doris Day are just a few who were captured on film.

“I located Tommy’s nephew in Wisconsin, who thought he only had a handful of 35mm Ektachrome slides his uncle had taken. He called me one night to say he found nearly 1,800 more stashed away… I thought the photographs were important and beautiful, and decided to do a book, ’1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards’.

My book gives Tommy Edwards his due recognition as the deejay responsible for perhaps the most important photographic and written documentation of twentieth-century popular music ever produced,” Christopher Kennedy told AnOther Magazine.

Scroll through the gallery below to see a small selection of photographs from the book.

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