Dallas Frazier, the songwriter best known for country hits such as “Elvira,” died
Friday, He was 82.
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The three-time Grammy nominee’s songs were recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdink, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard,
Jack Greene, George Jones, Charley Pride, Emmylou Harris, and Tanya Tucker.
In 1981, The Oak Ridge Boys covered Dallas’ 1961 track Elvira, which became one of
their signature songs.
We lost a dear friend today,’ the five-time Grammy-winning band said in a statement
‘Dallas Frazier had an influence on our country music career from the beginning. He
wrote The Baptism of Jesse Taylor. But his influence in the 1980s was even greater
after we recorded his song #Elvira. Rest in peace, Dallas. We will see you on the other
side.’ ‘I’ve noticed this all my life in writing songs, there’s a thing called feel,
and it’s magic when you get ahold of it,’ Frazier told journalist Tom Roland in
a 2018 interview. ‘It can make or break a record. You can have a great song and all,
but if it doesn’t have that feel, it just doesn’t do anything. Elvira had the feel.
And The Oaks, what a tremendous cut. With Richard Sterban doing his thing on it
and the horns just making it first class…it had so much magic in it, it’d just raise
the hair on your arms.’