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Eddie Randle

Eddie Randle

Jazz trumpet musician and influential band leader

Birth: May 27, 1907

Death: May 9, 1997

Birthplace: Villa Ridge, Illinois

Date of Interview: April 21, 1982

Place of Interview: Narrator's home

Interviewer: Dan Havens

Eddie Randle was best known as the leader of the band, Eddie Randle and his Blue Devils. During the 1930's the Blue Devils performed live for radio station WEW. The group was popular for its "hot dance music." Eddie Randle also hired many aspiring young local musicians who would go on to greater fame and musical accomplishment: Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Jimmy Forrest, Willie Akins are among those Eddie Randle employed. Mr. Randle was business agent for the St. Louis musicians' union, Local 197 during the 1940's. On March 2, 1997 Eddie Randle, Sr. was honored in St. Louis for his contributions to jazz in the area; more than 1,000 people attended.


This is the table of contents for the interview of Eddie Randle. It is part of the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive which is located in Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

For a complete contents list of all musician interviews for the oral history project, please click on this link: Oral History and Research Materials.

If interested in reviewing these materials from the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive, please contact Therese Dickman, Fine Arts Librarian.

Tape # Side

Time

Subject

1 a

005-094

Biographical; Family, Music in family

1 a

095-185

Beginning trumpet, rehearsals, Lodge Bands

1 a

186-209

Arrangements

1 a

210-239

Bands heard - McKinney's Cottonpickers, Don Redmond

1 a

240-269

Professional playing, Warnie Long band, Personnel

1 a

270-349

Carl George takes place of Randle

1 a

350-433

Randle forms own band, 1932- Seven Blue Devils

1 a

434-454

Name of band, original personnel, change in size & personnel

1 a

455-506

Places played - Sodus Point, N.Y.; Springfield, IL

1 a

507-518

Talking pictures -- effects on musicians

1 a

519-568

Personnel of eleven piece band; arrangements

1 a

569-614

Musicians at Stevens Point

1 a

615-658

Job at Rhinelander, WI

1 a

659-734

Money, music scales, contracts, Springfield, IL

1 a

735-760

Other (outside) jobs; Restaurant

1 b

005-083

Savoy Sultans - old records

1 b

084-096

Accident - leaves music business

1 b

097-142

Lessons on trumpet - symphony musician

1 b

143-224

Miles Davis, other personnel -- Rum Boogie Club

1 b

225-244

Lunceford takes Eugene Porter

1 b

245-295

Clyde Higgins, saxophone

1 b

296-317

Miles Davis

1 b

318-360

Reputation of Randle band, New York, California

1 b

361-396

"Quiet" band; Lunceford style; rhythm

1 b

402-434

Checking pictures

1 b

435-487

Role of Musicians Union

1 b

488-520

Favorite band - Ellington, creativeness of

1 b

521-584

Musician's Union, Local 44, Local 2; playing as non-union band

1 b

585-600

Harold Baker; Singleton Palmer

1 b

601-668

Mile Davis as a person; style

1 b

669-683

Oliver Nelson, Ernie Wilkins, Jimmy Forrest

1 b

684-721

Other musicians with Randle

1 b

722-763

Other musicians; Jon in Union, MO

2 a

011-064

Local musicians with nationally - known bands

2 a

065-253

Sodus Point, N.Y. resort; prejudice

2 a

254-277

Playing on a yacht

2 a

278-315

Prejudice, dealing with insults

2 a

316-336

WWII begins, re-organization of band

2 a

337-366

Lack of recording

2 a

367-428

Changing arrangements and personnel

2 a

429-451

Ellington - reasons for success

2 a

452-468

Ingredients of successful band

2 a

469-554

1938 tour, Wisconsin, Iowa; tunes played

2 a

555-581

Randle's Bands - appearance; playing Arena with Ellington

2 a

582-620

Leadership style; Relations among band members

2 a

621-631

Al Guichard

2 a

637-684

Feelings for other musicians, bands, and "rivals"

2 a

685-700

Len Bowden

2 a

701-748

Older musicians, working with; Randle as trumpet player

2 a

749-764

Sitting - in

2 b

007-047

Function of a band leader

2 b

048-063

Wendell Marshall

2 b

064-094

Jimmy Blanton

2 b

095-194

Hearing Marable Band; personnel; style of music

2 b

195-235

Marable as a musician

2 b

236-267

Grady Rice - George Hudson Band

2 b

268-316

End of Randle Band; Gigging after WWII

2 b

317-330

Encouraging and helping musicians

2 b

331-355

Best memories

2 b

356-381

Son plays with Ellington in Champaign

2 b

382-405

Requirements of musical career; sacrifices and rewards


E-mail comments and inquiries about the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive to Therese Dickman at tdickma@siue.edu or call 618-650-2695.