Country singer-songwriter was 82 – Deadline
Dallas Frazier, the songwriter behind country hits such as the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira,” the Hollywood Argyles’ “Alley Oop” and Emmylou Harris’ “Beneath Still Waters,” has died, according to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CEO Kyle Young. He was 82 years old.
“Dallas Frazier is one of the greatest country songwriters of all time. He could convey infectious fun with ‘Elvira’ and then write something as incredibly sad and true as ‘Beneath Still Waters’. His songs helped Connie Smith become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame,” Young said in a statement on the Country Music Hall of Fame’s official website. “He was a man of kindness, generosity and faith, who overcame a difficult upbringing to give us all smiling gifts. He lived a beautiful life with a beautiful spirit.
Born in Spiro, Oklahoma on October 27, 1939, Frazier released albums throughout his career, including Elvira, tell it like it is, Sing my songs and My baby packed my mind and left me. He wrote No. 1 hits for Harris and Charley Pride and also had his songs recorded by icons such as Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Elvis Presley, among others.
Frazier was mentored as a young artist by country icon Ferlin Husky, signing to Capitol Records in 1954, at the age of 14. He released his debut single “Space Command” the same year, making the US country chart eight times and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.
Plans for a memorial have not yet been released.