Elvis and Southern Maid Donuts

Most serious Elvis fans know he did only one advertisement during his career.  It was for one of his favorite food items – donuts.  Elvis recorded a radio jingle for Southern Maid Donuts.

Elvis’ association with Southern Maid Donuts started when he began regular appearances on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA, in October 1954.

Elvis performing at the Louisiana Hayride

Elvis frequented The Southern Maid Donut store in town, getting an early foundation for his well-publicized lifetime affinity for donuts.

Southern Maid Donuts began in Dallas, Texas in 1937, and the total of company-owned or licensed stores now exceeds 100.  The Southern Maid name came about because the founders wanted a name that encompassed humble southern traditions, memories, and feelings.

 

 

The Louisiana Hayride was a perfect venue for marketing their product, and Southern Maid Donuts provided large sponsorship on the show’s radio broadcasts for several years.  The radio spots featured a strange little jingle that deserves some explanation.

One of Southern Maid Donuts claims to fame is the sign above their stores with giant red neon letters lighting up the night sky  — HOT, HOT, HOT.  The stores sell donuts, éclairs, bear claws, apple fritters and other goodies all day long, starting at 6AM.  But after 4PM, you can order a box of twelve glazed donuts made especially for you and served to you piping hot.  Southern Maid Donuts have no preservatives.  They are made to be eaten HOT, not saved for later.  If you want hot, light-textured donuts that literally melt in your mouth, these are hard to beat.

 

 

So, it follows that their radio jingle was:

You can get them piping hot after 4PM,
you can get them piping hot,
Southern Maid Donuts hit the spot,
you can get them piping hot after 4PM.

A number of Louisiana Hayride performers sang the jingle, including Minnie Pearl, Johnny Cash, and Johnny Horton.  Elvis’ version aired on November 6, 1954.

To my knowledge, there is no remaining copy of Elvis singing the Southern Maid Donut jingle.  I wonder what that would be worth if it ever did surface.  A caller on George Klein’s radio show said that he had obtained the commercial in 2009.  If so, why hasn’t it been aired by now?

For some reason, the Johnny Cash version of the jingle was preserved, and it can be heard on the CDs, The Best of the Louisiana Hayride, Volume 4, and Johnny Cash: Hayride Anthology.

 

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9 responses to “Elvis and Southern Maid Donuts

  1. In deed there is a old copy of Elvis Presley commercial from southern Maid Doughnuts, it’s only audio though and it Does exist, Mr. Tubbs did obtain The reel to reel audio along with video of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash singing together, I met With Scott Tubbs when I heard about this and seen this with my two eyes. I Ask Scott why he hadn’t turned this over to EPE. He explained he did speak with Jim Sikes and George Kline after the court battle but no one got back with him, He simply believes it’s really not worth anything, however he would not sell it either he states it’s truly a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history and it is priceless. I must admit it was strange to hear Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley singing together. Mr. Tubbs did state he has always been a big fan of Ronnie Milsap and that his merchandise manager Ricky Whitefield has encouraged him to release the commercial no word yet if any has surfaced.

    • Hi Paul: Thank you for adding some additional information to the Elvis/Southern Maid Donut story. Very interesting.

      Phil Arnold

  2. Unfortunately’ the recorded Johnny Cash ”Southern Maid Donuts” commercial on the Louisiana Hayride is just Johnny ”talking” about the donuts,..no jingle is sung!

  3. Kelly Pilcher

    The callers name is scott tubbs from shreveport he used to work for forost dairy a local milk company back in 1997 at that time Mr Tubbs did not know the importants of the jingle he did in fact obtain the tape from a ex employee of sothern maid but she was later fired for selling it to him as it did not belong to her as i understand it a court battel for it persude. Mr tubbs was invited to join george kline on his radio show when he was visiting his TWO sets of twins who live in Crodova Tn

  4. ps: A BIG Happy, Happy Birthday to 1 of The King’s BEST ‘showbiz’ buds & arguably, the 2nd Greatest Rock/Pop/Soul Singer/Dancer of All-time.. Sir TOM JONES!! Happy 73 TJ!!

  5. I guess no 35th Ann. “surprise”:(
    Theirs always the 40th!;)
    PSK

  6. Ok, Mr. Rijff…we ALL know who YOU are..in today’s ELVIS World, your rep is unequaled! With that said.. have you tracked down Mr. Klein’s caller & the tape??!! Are we to expect a lil 35th Ann. surprise?? No pressure!!;)
    To Both Mr. Rijff & Mr. Arnold.. Please keep up the Grrrreat work &
    Keep ELVIS King!!
    ThankYa, ThankYaVeryMuch..Uh-huh-huh!!
    Until We Meet Again, May GOD Bless You’s As HE’s Blessed Me..
    The Polk Salad Kid Has Signed Out!

  7. a wonderful piece of information on Elvis his early years.
    Love the photos that come with the text. Kool job!
    Thanks!

    • Thanks for the nice words. It’s great to get praise from such a famous Elvis expert and historian. Phil Arnold

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