Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote "Ring of Fire" and other hits during a wide-ranging career in music that started at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, died Sunday night in Mexico of medical complications related to his treatment for cancer. He was 70.
Kilgore and Elvis Presley performed together when Presley was launching his career in the mid 1950s. At the Louisiana Hayride, Kilgore witnessed a rarity: a Presley failure. In an Associated Press interview in 1990, Kilgore said the first time Presley performed on the Hayride, he bombed.
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