Voice Of The Louisiana Hayride Dies At 87

(January 11, 2013)—Frank Page, the man man who helped introduce a young Elvis Presley to audiences worldwide through his work with the Louisiana Hayride, the state's version of the heralded Grand Ole Opry, has died at the age of 87.

The veteran radio broadcaster died late Wednesday after a developing a severe respiratory infection at WK Pierremont Health Center in Shreveport, La.

Longtime friend and colleague Tom Pace says funeral services were pending Friday.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home confirmed that it's handling Page's arrangements.

Page retired from Shreveport's KWKH Radio in 2005 after 65 years on the air.

He was best known as the person who helped introduce Presley to the world on the stage of the Louisiana Hayride.

Presley sang "That's Alright Mama" on the Hayride in October 1954.

A biography on the Graceland website says Presley, who was then 19, had recorded a song on the Sun label just a few weeks earlier.

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