Louisiana Hayride Emcee Dies

Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Oct. 15) in Seadrift, Texas, for Horace Logan, the original producer and emcee of the Louisiana Hayride. Established in 1948 as a weekly show on Shreveport radio station KWKH, the Hayride’s reputation for launching country music careers resulted in its nickname, “Cradle of the Stars.” Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Red Sovine, Jim Reeves and Slim Whitman are among more than two dozen acts who made regular appearances on the Hayride during its heyday. Following one of Presley’s performances in 1956, Logan attempted to calm the crowd by coining the now-famous phrase, “Elvis has left the building.” He worked at the Hayride as producer, emcee and talent booker until 1958. Logan, 86, died Sunday (Oct. 13) in Victoria, Texas, following a lengthy illness. 10/14/02