Dallas Frazier

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Dallas Frazier
Frazier in 1966
Frazier in 1966
Background information
Born(1939-10-27)October 27, 1939
Spiro, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedJanuary 14, 2022(2022-01-14) (aged 82)
Gallatin, Tennessee, U.S.
Years active1954–1988
LabelsCapitol, RCA

Dallas Frazier (October 27, 1939 – January 14, 2022) was an American country musician and songwriter who had success in the 1950s and 1960s.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Frazier was born in Spiro, Oklahoma, on October 27, 1939,[2] but was raised in Bakersfield, California.[2] As a teenager, he played with Ferlin Husky and on the program Hometown Jamboree; and released his first single, "Space Command", at age 14 in 1954.[1] As he told writer Edd Hurt in a 2008 profile for the music website Perfect Sound Forever, "We were part of The Grapes of Wrath. We were the Okies who went out to California with mattresses tied on the tops of their Model A Fords. My folks were poor. At twelve I moved away from home, with my folks' permission. Ferlin [Husky] offered me a job, and I started working with him when I was twelve. Then I recorded a side for Capitol Records when I was fourteen, and I did some country. I cut in the big circular building that's still out there on Hollywood and Vine."

Frazier's 1957 song "Alley Oop", later taken to No. 1 in the US by The Hollywood Argyles, was his first hit.[2] After Hometown Jamboree went off the air, Frazier moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and found work as a songwriter. Among his early successes was "Timber I'm Falling", a hit for Husky in 1964, and "There Goes My Everything", a big hit for Jack Greene in 1966,[2] that earned him a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

In 1966, he released his solo debut album Elvira, containing his song "Elvira". His follow-up, Tell It Like It Is (1967), was also a success.[1]

While his singing success was limited, Frazier became an oft-covered songwriter.[2] His tunes were recorded by O.C. Smith, George Jones (who recorded an entire album of Frazier's songs in 1968), Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jack Greene, Connie Smith (who also recorded an entire album of Frazier's songs in 1972), Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Carola, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Gene Watson, Elvis Presley, Moe Bandy, Roy Head, Charlie Louvin, Rodney Crowell, Dan McCafferty, Poco, "Gonna Go Down The River" composed by Buddy Mize & Frazier by The Kingston Trio, and Ronnie Hawkins. In 1970, Frazier earned his second Grammy nomination for Best Country Song, which is awarded to the songwriter rather than the performer, for "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me), which became a No. 1 hit for Charley Pride. Many of the songs became hits into the 1980s; examples include the Oak Ridge Boys cover of "Elvira" and Emmylou Harris's version of "Beneath Still Waters".[2] The cover of "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Boys was a crossover hit, peaking at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart and No. 5 on the all genre Billboard Hot 100; and earned Frazier his third Grammy nomination for Best Country song. Anne Murray with Glen Campbell, George Strait, Randy Travis, and Patty Loveless have all also recorded Frazier tunes.[1] Frazier himself charted eight times on the U.S. country chart. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.

In 1988, Frazier left the music industry and became a minister.[1] Frazier suffered two strokes in late 2021, and died from related complications at a care facility in Gallatin, Tennessee, on January 14, 2022, at the age of 82.[3]



Year Album Label
1966 Elvira Capitol
1967 Tell It Like It Is
1970 Singing My Songs RCA Victor
1971 My Baby Packed Up My Mind and Left Me


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US
CAN Country CAN
1954 "Space Command" single only
1966 "Elvira" 72 27 Elvira
"Just a Little Bit of You" 108
"Especially for You"
1967 "My Woman Up't and Gone" Tell It Like It Is
"Everybody Oughta Sing a Song" 28 23 singles only
1968 "The Sunshine of My World" 43
"I Hope I Like Mexico Blues" 59
1969 "The Conspiracy of Homer Jones" 63 120
"California Cotton Fields" 45 Singing My Songs
1970 "She Wants to Be Good"
"The Birthmark Henry Thompson Talks About" 45 single only
1971 "Big Mable Murphy" 43 My Baby Packed Up My Mind and Left Me
"My Baby Packed Up My Mind and Left Me"
"High Steppin' Mama" singles only
1972 "North Carolina" 42 55
1973 "Let That Lonesome Fiddle Man Take the Lead"


  1. ^ a b c d e Ankeny, Jason. "Dallas Frazier Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Country Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 146/7. ISBN 0-85112-726-6.
  3. ^ Friskics-Warren, Bill (January 16, 2022). "Dallas Frazier, Who Wrote Hits for Country Stars, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 339. ISBN 978-0-89820-188-8.
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