The members of this forum may find the following information interesting, and I'm wondering whether members of this forum can provide information about how Bill Randle's family ties in to the rest of this family.
An obituary for Bill Randle appeared on the front page of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer of Saturday, July 11, 2004.
(They may ask for your zipcode, birth year and gender, but there's no fee or registration).
Here are a few selected excerpts:
Bill Randle, one of the most influential, star-making disc jockeys of the 1950s and 1960s and a Cleveland radio voice since 1949, died Friday. He was 81.
... He was pivotal in bringing Elvis Presley to the ears of America and helped launch and expand the careers of dozens of other stars, including Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Rosemary Clooney, Johnnie Ray and Fats Domino.
"He helped shape popular music in America," said Bob Conrad, president of WCLV and WRMR, where Randle was the host of "The Big Show" on Sunday afternoons. "He knew more people in the entertainment business than anyone I've ever known."
... William McKinley Randle Jr. was born in Detroit on March 14, 1923. His father worked for Dodge Motors, but when jobs dried up during the Depression, the family sold eggs and bagels door to door.
"Billy was an entrepreneur from the day he was born," said his sister Ruth Edwards. "He opened his own record store when he was 14. He loved jazz. He ran jazz clubs like the Club Sudan. He brought Stan Kenton and Dizzy Gillespie home for big family dinners. He could accomplish more in a day than anyone I know."
And much more. For the rest, check out the cleveland.com site.
I'm wondering whether anyone is familiar with Bill Randle or his family?
Bill's parents were William McKinley Randle Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (aka "Mamie") McCord. They lived in Belleville (St. Clair County), IL before moving to Detroit (sometime before 1923).They also had relatives in St. Louis, MO and East St. Louis, IL.
William McKinley Randle Sr. had at least two brothers who stayed in Belleville. Their names were James and Jesse. Jesse had two sons, Elmer and Jesse. Some people in that family owned coal mines in Belleville.
William McKinley Randle Sr. had a cousin Thomas Randle who moved from Illinois to Florida. His daughter, Gladys Randle married Harry Bernard McCord, who was aka "Barney". Barney and Gladys lived to Detroit in the 1940s and eventually moved to Florida.They had four children, Dorothy, Charles, Anne and Kenneth.
William McKinley Randle Sr. also had an uncle (father's brother) who moved to Florida and was pretty successful as a land developer.
Ruth believes that William McKinley Randle Sr. was born about 1896 in Belleville. Her mother, Mary Elizabeth McCord, was born in St. Louis in 1900.