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.
For the table of contents for the Interview of Eddie Randle, please click on this link: Oral History and Research Materials: Eddie Randle
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