April 3, 1948: The country radio show Louisiana Hayride is first broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. It launched the career of Elvis Presley and gave Hank Williams his first wide radio audience.
And a little bit more Elvis to end the day. Can you spot him in these two photos?
Top: Backstage pass in the ninth circle of Hell (2009) by John Purlia
Bottom: Lorraine leaps upon the red carpet to get her first delicious taste of paparazzi fame at the 1959 Grammys (2007) by John Purlia
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December 4, 1956: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, later dubbed The Million Dollar Quartet, met for their one and only time at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
On this day in music history: Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977) died in Memphis, Tennessee at his Graceland mansion.