60 Years Ago Today Elvis Presley Made His Television Debut on ‘The Louisiana Hayride’
Elvis forever changed the landscape of American music, but before he could change the world he had to prove he had the goods. It was on "The Louisiana Hayride" from '54-'56 that introduced Elvis to American via radio and TV.
It was March 5th, 1955 that America met Elvis on "The Louisiana Hayride" on KWKH-TV in Shreveport, LA. The Shreveport Auditorium exploded with the screams of young girls, and Elvis (and his hips) were off to conquer the world.
Thanks to someone having the foresight to get this historic performance recorded, we are now able to go back 60 years and relive the moment Elvis hit TV... and changed the world. Trust me, I've looked everywhere. This is the best recording of that historic performance that's available.
That was a young Elvis breaking into the biz. 13 years later Elvis owned every stage he set foot upon, and the power of his influence can be seen in the 200,000 or so "official" Elvis impersonators. His '68 comeback special brought Elvis back from Hollywood, and the show was a smash success.
Watch Elvis goof off behind-the-scenes from that '68 Comeback Special and from his many TV specials.