Known as a scorching soloist and powerful vocalist, Oran
“Hot Lips” Page was one of the Midwest's top trumpet
Oran Thadeus Page was born in Dallas, Texas, on January
27, 1908. Page's mother, a schoolteacher and musician,
taught him the basics of music when he was a child. By the
age of twelve he could play the clarinet, saxophone, and
trumpet. He joined a local youth band, led by drummer Lux
Alexander, which played at local venues around Dallas.
Page attended Corsicana High School and Texas College
(in Tyler), and worked for a time in the oilfields.
He began his professional touring career when he joined
"Ma" Rainey's band in the 1920s