Louisiana Hayride

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For the 1944 film, see Louisiana Hayride (film). Louisiana Hayride_sentence_0

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The Louisiana HayrideLouisiana Hayride_table_caption_0
GenreLouisiana Hayride_header_cell_0_0_0 stage show and broadcastLouisiana Hayride_cell_0_0_1
Home stationLouisiana Hayride_header_cell_0_1_0 KWKHLouisiana Hayride_cell_0_1_1
SyndicatesLouisiana Hayride_header_cell_0_2_0 WLWLouisiana Hayride_cell_0_2_1
TV adaptationsLouisiana Hayride_header_cell_0_3_0 KSLA-TVLouisiana Hayride_cell_0_3_1
Recording studioLouisiana Hayride_header_cell_0_4_0 Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (Shreveport, Louisiana)Louisiana Hayride_cell_0_4_1
Original releaseLouisiana Hayride_header_cell_0_5_0 April 3, 1948 (1948-04-03) – August 27, 1960 (1960-08-27)Louisiana Hayride_cell_0_5_1

Louisiana Hayride was a radio and later television country music show broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, that during its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country and western music. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_1

Hank Williams began performing on the Hayride in 1948 after his initial rejection from the Grand Ole Opry. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_2

After being fired from the Opry on August 11, 1952, Williams returned to the Hayride briefly before his death on New Years Day 1953. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_3

Elvis Presley performed on the radio version of the program in 1954 and made his first television appearance on the television version of Louisiana Hayride on March 3, 1955. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_4

Hayride history Louisiana Hayride_section_0

Beginnings Louisiana Hayride_section_1

The creators of the show took the name from the 1941 book with that title by Harnett Thomas Kane. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_5

First broadcast on April 3, 1948 from the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Shreveport, Horace Logan was the original producer and emcee. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_6

The musical cast for the inaugural broadcast included: the Bailes Brothers, Johnnie and Jack, the Tennessee Mountain Boys with Kitty Wells, the Four Deacons, Curley Kinsey and the Tennessee Ridge Runners, Harmie Smith, the Ozark Mountaineers, the Mercy Brothers, and Tex Grimsley and the Texas Showboys. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_7

Popularization Louisiana Hayride_section_2

The show was soon made into a Broadway attraction called Louisiana Hayride. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_8

Within a year of its debut, the program was so popular that a regional 25-station network was set up to broadcast portions of the show, and was even heard overseas on Armed Forces Radio. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_9

The flagship station of the program was KWKH/1130 in Shreveport. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_10

The popularity of Louisiana Hayride spawned various incarnations in other parts of the United States, most notably in Cincinnati on WLW radio and later television; its version was dubbed Midwestern Hayride. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_11

Horace Logan continued to produce Louisiana Hayride until 1957. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_12

In 1999, Logan published a book about the Hayride that received acclaim from reviewers such as Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_13

Beginning with the successful first show on April 3, 1948, Louisiana Hayride ranked second only to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in terms of importance until ABC began telecasting Ozark Jubilee in 1955. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_14

Talent-scouting showcase Louisiana Hayride_section_3

While the Opry, the Jubilee and the Hayride all showcased established stars, the Hayride was where talented, but virtual unknowns, were also given exposure to a large audience. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_15

Over the years, country music greats such as Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells, Jimmie Davis, Will Strahan, Slim Whitman, Floyd Cramer, Sonny James, Hank Snow, Faron Young, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, Claude King, Jimmy Martin, George Jones, John and The Three Wise Men, Johnny Cash, Frankie Miller, Tex Ritter, Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Cowboy Jack Hunt & Little Joe Hunt of the Rhythm Ranch Hands, Nat Stuckey, and Lefty Frizzell, among many others, performed on Louisiana Hayride. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_16

The Elvis Presley connection Louisiana Hayride_section_4

By mid-1954, a special 30-minute portion of Louisiana Hayride was being broadcast every Saturday on the AFN Pacific channel of the United Kingdom Scottish Forces Radio Network. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_17

On October 16 of that year, Elvis Presley appeared on the radio program. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_18

Presley's performance of his debut release on the Sun Records label, "That's All Right", brought a tepid response, according to former Hayride emcee Frank Page (1925-2013). Louisiana Hayride_sentence_19

Nonetheless, Presley was signed to a one-year contract for future appearances. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_20

Presley became so popular that after his final appearance on Hayride in 1956, emcee Horace Logan announced to the crowd a phrase that would become famous: "Elvis has left the building." Louisiana Hayride_sentence_21

The immediate and enormous demand for more of Presley's new kind of rockabilly music actually resulted in a sharp decline in the popularity of the Louisiana Hayride that until that point had been strictly a country music venue. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_22

On March 3, 1955, Presley made his first television appearance on the television version of The Louisiana Hayride, carried by KSLA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_23

Cancellation and revivals Louisiana Hayride_section_5

Within a few years, rock and roll had come to dominate the music scene, and on August 27, 1960, Louisiana Hayride ended its primary run. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_24

However, KWKH continued to use the Louisiana Hayride name for packaged music tours throughout the 1960s on a bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly basis, finally ending operations entirely in 1969. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_25

In August 1974, Shreveport businessman David Kent mounted a country music show originally called Hayride U.S.A., which was retitled Louisiana Hayride in 1975 after KWKH agreed to let Kent use the name. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_26

Located at a new dinner theater facility in Bossier City, this new Louisiana Hayride was syndicated on radio and ran until 1987, discovering such talent as Branson fiddle sensation Shoji Tabuchi and popular country singer Linda Davis. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_27

Some strictly local performances have been done in the Shreveport area under the name including a 2003 Louisiana Hayride cast reunion called One More 'Ride that featured 60 acts from the original show including Kitty Wells, the Browns, Betty Amos, Homer Bailes, Billy Walker, Mitchell Torok, and Hank Thompson. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_28

Barney Cannon (1955–2009), a KWKH deejay, became a specialist on the history of country music, KWKH, and the Hayride. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_29

In August 2009, the Louisiana Hayride (1948–1960) was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_30

In 2009, after several years of litigation over the Louisiana Hayride name and trademark, a federal court ruled that Margaret Lewis Warwick owned the rights to the name. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_31

As of May 31, 2012, KWKH had changed to a sports format and ceased producing the classic country music format reminiscent of the Hayride era. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_32

At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight Louisiana Hayride_section_6

At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight, a set of 20 CDs with 599 Hayride performances, was released in October 2017 by Bear Family Records. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_33

The release includes a book on the Hayride's history. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_34

A live recording of Jambalaya (On the Bayou), by Hank Williams, is included in the set. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_35

The set includes archival material from the collection of Chris Brown, Archivist at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, with the bulk of the audio and images in the set sourced from an archive originally assembled by Joey Kent between 1992-2009 and donated to the Library of Congress in 2009. Louisiana Hayride_sentence_36

Performers Louisiana Hayride_section_7

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana Hayride.