Vintage Audio: Elvis Presley's Last Performance on "The Louisiana Hayride" (1956)

by VVN Music

Between October 16, 1954 and December 15, 1956, Elvis Presley made seven appearances on The Louisiana Hayride radio program.

Over the course of those seven shows, Presley developed from a young kid who was just getting a taste of the limelight to a full fledged star performing his hits in front of an audience of screaming girls.

For his first appearance on October 16, 1954, he performed two of his Sun Records sides, That's All Tight and Blue Moon of Kentucky. As a matter of fact, through his sixth show on August 20, 1955, it was mainly the Sun tracks along with covers of songs like Tweedle Dee and Maybellene.

Then, after over a year away, he returned for one last appearance on this date sixty years ago. On this occasion, they let him perform ten of his best known songs:
  • Heartbreak Hotel
  • Long Tall Sally
  • I Was the One
  • Love Me Tender
  • Don't Be Cruel
  • Love Me 
  • I Got a Woman
  • When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  • Paralyzed
  • Hound Dog
Here are audio recordings (we had to set the "Vintage Video" label to the side for this one time) from that night:

The top ten singles from the Billboard magazine issue of December 15, 1956. Note that some songs have two artists listed as the Billboard Honor Roll of Hits did not distinguish between two versions:

  1. Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell or Marty Robbins
  2. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
  3. Green Door - Jim Lowe
  4. Just Walking in the Rain - Johnnie Ray
  5. True Love - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
  6. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
  7. Cindy, Oh, Cindy! - Eddie Fisher or Vince Martin
  8. Hey! Jealous Lover - Frank Sinatra
  9. Friendly Persuasion - Pat Boone
  10. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett
The top ten albums:
  1. Elvis - Elvis Presley
  2. Calypso - Harry Belafonte
  3. The Eddy Duchin Story - Soundtrack
  4. My Fair Lady - Original Cast
  5. The King and I - Soundtrack
  6. High Society - Soundtrack
  7. Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
  8. Songs For Swingin' Lovers - Frank Sinatra
  9. Belafonte - Harry Belafonte
  10. Oklahoma! - Soundtrack

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