Dallas Frazier

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Dallas Frazier
Dallas Frazier.png
Dallas Frazier in 1966
Background information
Born(1939-10-27) October 27, 1939 (age 75)
OriginSpiro, Oklahoma, USA
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1957–1988
LabelsCapitol, RCA
 
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Dallas Frazier
Dallas Frazier.png
Dallas Frazier in 1966
Background information
Born(1939-10-27) October 27, 1939 (age 75)
OriginSpiro, Oklahoma, USA
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1957–1988
LabelsCapitol, RCA

Dallas Frazier (born October 27, 1939) is an American country musician and songwriter who had success in the 1950s and 60s.[1]

Biography[edit]

Frazier was born in Spiro, Oklahoma but was raised in Bakersfield, California. 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]

Frazier's 1957 song Alley Oop, later taken to #1 in the US by The Hollywood Argyles was his first hit. 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.

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. His tunes were recorded by 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, Merle Haggard, Gene Watson, Elvis Presley, Moe Bandy, Roy Head, Rodney Crowell, Dan McCafferty, and Ronnie Hawkins. 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". 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 charts.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.

In 1988, Frazier left the music industry and became a minister.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumLabel
1966ElviraCapitol
1967Tell It Like It Is
1970Singing My SongsRCA Victor
1971My Baby Packed Up My Mind and Left Me

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUS
[2]
CAN CountryCAN
1954"Space Command"single only
1966"Elvira"7227Elvira
"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"2823singles only
1968"The Sunshine of My World"43
"I Hope I Like Mexico Blues"59
1969"The Conspiracy of Homer Jones"63120
"California Cotton Fields"45Singing My Songs
1970"She Wants to Be Good"
"The Birthmark Henry Thompson Talks About"45single only
1971"Big Mable Murphy"43My 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"4255
1973"Let That Lonesome Fiddle Man Take the Lead"

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Ankeny, Jason. "Dallas Frazier Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 339. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
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