First of all, this is actually a review of the 2002 DVD Louisiana Hayride: Cradle of the Stars. The Hayride was a radio program and later a TV broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium using KWKH-AM as its flagship station. The Hayride considered by some as second fiddle in terms of importance to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. From 1948 to the late 1950's, Horace Logan produced Louisiana Hayride and it was emceed by an affable Frank Page. The Hayride featured talented artists needing greater exposure. Over the years the legendary Hank Williams tried resurrecting a damaged career on the Hayride; the program was also influential in the careers of Webb Pierce, Sonny James, Slim Whitman, Johnny Horton, Faron Young, Kitty Wells, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Hank Thompson, Billy Walker and yes, the teenage truck driver from Memphis...Elvis Presley. When the TV version of the program was carried by KSLA-TV; Elvis made his first television appearance in March 1955, although no footage survived. This DVD is a treasure for fans of early C&W music. LOUISIANA HAYRIDE: CRADLE of the STARS documents the magic that took place on that still revered stage through vintage film clips and old photographs.
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