Thursday, May 1, 2014

This Day in New Orleans History, May 1, 1955

Blogger's Note: May 1st, This Day In New Orleans History, Elvis was in the building.  Getting his start in Shreveport, Louisiana, Elvis returned May 1, 1955 to perform a series of three concerts at the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium.  Cementing his love affair with the 'Big Easy', Elvis would return many times throughout his career to perform and to film one of his popular films "King Creole" set here in New Orleans.


(Above): Elvis Presley appeared at the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium on May 1st, 1955, much to the delight of the larger-than-expected crowds that showed up to see him perform.

1955, On tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree, Elvis Presley played three shows at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sun Records had just released Elvis' fourth single, ‘Baby, Let’s Play House.’ But this was not the first time Elvis and his band visited Louisiana, this is where they got their start on radio. 

From elvispresleymusic.com:


(Above): Elvis' first live performance on the stage of the Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport, Louisiana October 16, 1954. 

"Elvis, Scotty and Bill appear for the first time on the Louisiana Hayride, a live Saturday night country music radio show originating in Shreveport, Louisiana, broadcast over KWKH Radio. The show is the Grand Ole Opry's chief competitor, carried by 190 stations in thirteen states. This leads to regular appearances on the Hayride. 


(Above): Audio of Elvis Presley's first live performance at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana. 


This time the band was well received. The Hayride had a show every Saturday night, and shows on the third Saturday of each month were broadcast with a 50,000 watt signal that reached up to 28 states.  After only one guest appearance, Presley signed a standard one-year contract to be one of the Hayride's regular members, and he, Scotty, and Bill quit their day jobs.


The Hayride was a raucous, enthusiastic crowd, typically the balconies packed to the rafters. There were a number of colleges and universities in the Shreveport area as well as Barksdale Air Force Base. The Hayride drew from this young audience as well as the avid East Texas music scene. Microphones placed in the crowd picked up the Auditorium's excitement for the radio broadcasts. The Hayride impresario, Horace Logan, lent a dramatic touch to proceedings by flamboyantly sporting about the stage in a ten gallon hat with six shooters. The emcee, Ray Bartlett, spiced his act with somersaults and back flips."



(Above): Poster for Elvis' 1958 movie "King Creole," a story about a New Orleans night club singer, filmed and set in the city.
  
Elvis spent a large amount of time in New Orleans on set for his 1958 film "King Creole," seeing the sights and signing autographs for adoring fans in between breaks in filming.



 Elvis' music has an undeniable impact on generations, and the time he spent in New Orleans is an often over-looked portion of his well celebrated life.
Elvis, Scotty and Bill appear for the first time on the Louisiana Hayride, a live Saturday night country music radio show originating in Shreveport, Louisiana, broadcast over KWKH Radio. The show is the Grand Ole Opry's chief competitor, carried by 190 stations in thirteen states. This leads to regular appearances on the Hayride. This time the band was well received. The Hayride had a show every Saturday night, and shows on the third Saturday of each month were broadcast with a 50,000 watt signal that reached up to 28 states.
After only one guest appearance, Presley signed a standard one-year contract to be one of the Hayride's regular members, and he, Scotty, and Bill quit their day jobs.
- See more at: http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/elvis_presley_1953_1955.html#sthash.QccTI3MY.dpuf
Elvis, Scotty and Bill appear for the first time on the Louisiana Hayride, a live Saturday night country music radio show originating in Shreveport, Louisiana, broadcast over KWKH Radio. The show is the Grand Ole Opry's chief competitor, carried by 190 stations in thirteen states. This leads to regular appearances on the Hayride. This time the band was well received. The Hayride had a show every Saturday night, and shows on the third Saturday of each month were broadcast with a 50,000 watt signal that reached up to 28 states.
After only one guest appearance, Presley signed a standard one-year contract to be one of the Hayride's regular members, and he, Scotty, and Bill quit their day jobs.
- See more at: http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/elvis_presley_1953_1955.html#sthash.QccTI3MY.dpuf
Elvis, Scotty and Bill appear for the first time on the Louisiana Hayride, a live Saturday night country music radio show originating in Shreveport, Louisiana, broadcast over KWKH Radio. The show is the Grand Ole Opry's chief competitor, carried by 190 stations in thirteen states. This leads to regular appearances on the Hayride. This time the band was well received. The Hayride had a show every Saturday night, and shows on the third Saturday of each month were broadcast with a 50,000 watt signal that reached up to 28 states.
After only one guest appearance, Presley signed a standard one-year contract to be one of the Hayride's regular members, and he, Scotty, and Bill quit their day jobs.
- See more at: http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/elvis_presley_1953_1955.html#sthash.QccTI3MY.dpuf
Elvis, Scotty and Bill appear for the first time on the Louisiana Hayride, a live Saturday night country music radio show originating in Shreveport, Louisiana, broadcast over KWKH Radio. The show is the Grand Ole Opry's chief competitor, carried by 190 stations in thirteen states. This leads to regular appearances on the Hayride. This time the band was well received. The Hayride had a show every Saturday night, and shows on the third Saturday of each month were broadcast with a 50,000 watt signal that reached up to 28 states.
After only one guest appearance, Presley signed a standard one-year contract to be one of the Hayride's regular members, and he, Scotty, and Bill quit their day jobs.
- See more at: http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/elvis_presley_1953_1955.html#sthash.QccTI3MY.dpuf
Elvis, Scotty and Bill appear for the first time on the Louisiana Hayride, a live Saturday night country music radio show originating in Shreveport, Louisiana, broadcast over KWKH Radio. The show is the Grand Ole Opry's chief competitor, carried by 190 stations in thirteen states. This leads to regular appearances on the Hayride. This time the band was well received. The Hayride had a show every Saturday night, and shows on the third Saturday of each month were broadcast with a 50,000 watt signal that reached up to 28 states.
After only one guest appearance, Presley signed a standard one-year contract to be one of the Hayride's regular members, and he, Scotty, and Bill quit their day jobs.
- See more at: http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/elvis_presley_1953_1955.html#sthash.QccTI3MY.dpuf
Elvis, Scotty and Bill appear for the first time on the Louisiana Hayride, a live Saturday night country music radio show originating in Shreveport, Louisiana, broadcast over KWKH Radio. The show is the Grand Ole Opry's chief competitor, carried by 190 stations in thirteen states. This leads to regular appearances on the Hayride. This time the band was well received. The Hayride had a show every Saturday night, and shows on the third Saturday of each month were broadcast with a 50,000 watt signal that reached up to 28 states.
After only one guest appearance, Presley signed a standard one-year contract to be one of the Hayride's regular members, and he, Scotty, and Bill quit their day jobs.
- See more at: http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/elvis_presley_1953_1955.html#sthash.QccTI3MY.dpuf