* Created/hosted a 26 episode CTV series: 'Backstage At The Centre.'
* Made some 50 guest appearances on Canadian TV productions
Randy Stewart Rollo
Well known on the music scene for over 45 years as a singer, a songwriter and a musician! Randy Stewart Rollo (aka Randy Stewart) is considered by many to be one of the best male singers and keyboardists from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario!
It all began with piano lessons at age 5 with his first band: 'the Primitives' at Stanley Park Senior Public School. Various other bands including 'The Thanes' who recorded 'So Alone', an early composition of Randy's- that had some chart success. He then joined 'Larry Lee and The Leisures' with 'Lynda Layne' and went on the road as an under-age teenager, playing in bars at the time!
Randy created/hosted a 26 episode CTV series: 'Backstage At The Centre.' (in the Square) introducing the new venue to viewers- writing theme songs for each show & interviewing Bill Cosby, Burton Cummings, the Gatlin Brothers, broadway show casts.
Randy made some 50 guest appearances on Canadian TV productions- including Smith & Smith, the Wayne Thomas comedy hour, Soundsgood, Lively Country, Global News at Noon, always performing original songs. He also did a CHCH-TV special shoot in Mexico - titled 'Amigo Country' to compliment a song he had written by the same title.
Randy spent time with Terry Fox and performed on the Terry Fox telethon- and penned the song 'So Little Time' that was used by the Canadian Cancer Society. He was at the premiere of the Terry Fox documentary and inn addition, produced two fundraising concerts for the organization.
After 15 yrs on the North American nightclub circuits- mostly with his own bands, Randy became the original leader of the highly successful 'Roadhouse Band' at the legendary Lulu's for 4 1/2 years performing for hundreds of thousands and sharing the stage with icons Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Woody Herman, Chubby Checker (whom he remains friends with to this day) and many others. Randy often came onstage at the Hammond B3 with headliners: Powder Blues Band, Ronnie Hawkins, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Spencer Davis. A notable highlight was performing duets with Billy Preston. Randy still annually joins his 'Lulu's Band' mates for an annual New Years Eve party fundraiser for the KOOL-FM/ KFUN Poster Boy campaign raising much need funds and attention for cancer research.
A long-time volunteer and advocate for the rights of the homeless, poor, mentally ill, addicted and physically afflicted, Randy helped to establishand served 10 years as a co-ordinator with the "Out Of The Cold" program, 2 years of Kitchener downtown street outreach, 2 yearrs as a Peer Worker at the Men's Hostel/House of Friendship and 6+ years helping with a music therapy program for the brain injured and disabled.
Randy has received many awards including: K-W Sertoman of the Year, Life Membership in the H.A.A.O. (Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario) and in the C.A.H.A. (Canadian Assoc. of Healthcare Auxiliaries)and a special achievement award from the CCS.
He also served on the Board of Trustees of Grand River Hospital.
Randy has two sons who have both inherited their father's gift. Ben Rollo is a highly regarded professional musician out of Toronto and Matt Rollo has his Masters in music theory and currently performing in Japan with a band known as "'The Complaints Department.'
Randy continues to sing and play, performing live and recording 2 CDs in the past 2 years celebrating 55 yrs at the piano!
Get in touch with Randy firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.myspace.com/randystewartrollo