LSP: Sixty-four years ago today, Elvis rocked the jailhouse – the Caddo Parish jailhouse

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Sixty-four years ago today on April 3, 1954, a Louisiana State trooper arrested a 20-year-old man who, within the next few years, became the most famous man in the world.

Young Elvis Presley was stopped on US 171 in Caddo Parish after he was clocked driving his pink and white 1954 Cadillac 80 miles per hour in a 60 miles-per-hour zone. 

After producing his Tennessee driver’s license, Presley was taken into custody and transported to Caddo Parish Jail where he posted a bond of $25 for traveling 20 mph over the speed limit.

At the time, Presley was commuting from his home in Memphis to Shreveport to perform on The Louisiana Hayride, a weekly nationally-syndicated radio show broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium. 

In November, the then 19-year-old Presley and his parents signed a contract with the Hayride for Presley to perform on the live show weekly on Saturday nights for $18 per show. The Hayride was produced on Saturday nights, and Presley was arrested on Sunday, April 3, presumably headed home to Memphis. 

According to the Louisiana State Polices’ Facebook Page, “One can only imagine that when he finished posting bond, the jailers said, ‘Elvis has left the building.’”

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