You may not know the name Frank Page right off the bat, but without him the musical landscape could be a lot different. Page, who died Wednesday at age 87, was the host of “Louisiana Hayride,” a country music showcase program broadcast on both radio and television.
Frank is perhaps best known for introducing the debut of a young rockabilly singer named Elvis Presley. Presley performed “That’s Alright Mama” on the radio version of “Louisiana Hayride” in 1954, before making his first national television appearance on the TV version in 1955.
The Associated Press reports that Frank remained with radio station KWKH, the original home of Louisiana Hayride, until his retirement in 2005 after 65 years of service.