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Elvis Presley Statue in Shreveport, LA

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Today is letter E:
Elvis Presley Statue in Shreveport, LA

Elvis Presley statue at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (photo by Tui Snider)
Elvis Presley statue at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (photo by Tui Snider)

Elvis Presley’s first big break

Even the king of rock and roll had to start somewhere! In the case of Elvis Presley, his first big break came when he played a gig at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium.

To commemorate this event, the auditorium commissioned a bronze statue of Elvis Presley, as he looked on that fateful day in October of 1954.

Elvis Presley statue at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (photo by Tui Snider)
Elvis Presley statue at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (photo by Tui Snider)

Prophetic introduction

A plaque below the Elvis statue features a quote from that evening, which reads, “Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve never heard of this young man before, but one day you’ll be able to tell your children and grandchildren that you heard musical history made tonight.” 

Elvis Presley statue at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (photo by Tui Snider)
Elvis Presley statue at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (photo by Tui Snider)

They sensed something big

So, apparently, when the announcer for the Louisiana Hayride radio show introduced the young man, they were already quite aware of his talent and the impact it was going to have on the world of rock and roll!

Elvis Presley statue at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (photo by Tui Snider)
Elvis Presley statue at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (photo by Tui Snider)

See Elvis for yourself:

If your travels ever take you to or through Shreveport, Louisiana you can drop by the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium (705 Elvis Presley Ave., Shreveport, LA) to see this little bit of history for yourself. 

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What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge?

Each April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers.

To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can. In addition to my personal blog here, I’m also writing A to Z posts for the the Story Dam writing community. You can check those out by clicking here: Story Dam’s Writing Quotes & Encouragement

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in North Texas travel, cemetery symbols, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!”

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  1. He’s just a Hunka Hunka Burning Love!! Another knockout post Tui!

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Thanks, Sumoflam! I’m eager to see what you have posted for E today. :D

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hehe! I need to catch up on all your A to Z posts. I hope you are having fun and getting lots of blog traffic! :D

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