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Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium

Shreveport, Louisiana
County of Caddo.
705 Elvis Presley Drive
National Register Number: 91000624
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Recreation & Culture - auditorium. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: LA-4 Certified Local Government: NO
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 6, 2008):
The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium is nationally significant as the home of KWKH’s Louisiana Hayride, country music’s most innovative and experimental radio show from 1948 until 1958, when the show ended its national network affiliation. Although the Grand Ole Opry was the nation’s most popular radio show at the time, a large majority of the Opry’s stars were culled from the Hayride’s stage. The Hayride was the proving ground of new talent that the Opry management would lure away once they became sought after performers. The Hayride’s willingness to accept unconventional performers and to be the harbinger of new sounds, placed the show in a position to help dictate the development of the country music and rockabilly sound during the 1940s and ‘50s. The Hayride was known as the “Cradle of the Stars,” and as such, it helped launch the careers of such notable country and rockabilly musicians as Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

This NHL was designated on October 6, 2008.

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