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Release Date: 2019
Hardcover, 182 pages
Starting with Hank Williams in 1949, Louisiana Hayride on KWKH began churning our a diverse range of vocal talents that quickly earned in the nickname “Cradle of the Stars.” Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, Slim Whitman, Faron Young and Jim Reeves all graduated to the big time before change came to the show in the form of an unknown teenager from Memphis named Elvis Presley.
Johnny Cash, a shoe salesman at the time, and George Jones, a house painter, arrived within a week of each other and shared the crowded Hayride stage with the “Memphis Flash.” Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Luman, Roy Orbison, Dale Hawkins, Johnny Horton and Bruce Channel all rocked the Cradle.
This lush compendium of historic images, illustrations, advertisements, memorabilia, personal interviews and insights charts a course from the very beginning of radio in Shreveport up through the controversial era of KWKH founder Will K. Henderson and deposits the reader on the world-famous Louisiana Hayride stage.
About the author
Joey Kent is an expert on The Louisiana Hayride, with critically acclaimed books, CDs and articles to his credit. He lectures on Hayride history and is a popular interview subject. Joey is also the author of “Elvis: The Louisiana Hayride Years”. He is an archivist, historian and public speaker.