American country music musician-songwriter Dallas Frazier has passed away, aged 82.
Born in Spiro, Oklahoma, but raised in Bakersfield, California, Frazier started out working for country singer Fermin Husky at the age of 12, however, he first saw success as a songwriter with the #1 hit Alley Oop, recorded by The Hollywood Argyles in 1957.
Amongst the other songs he wrote were 'There Goes My Everything', its gospel-themed variation 'He Is My Everything', 'Wearin’ That Loved On Look' and 'True Love Travels On A Gravel Road' all of which were recorded by Elvis. 'There Goes My Everything' also earned Frazier a Grammy nomination. He also wrote The Oak Ridge Boys 1981 classic 'Elvira' and four country #1s for Charlie Pride including '(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again' and 'I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me'.
In 1988 Frazier left the music industry and became a minister. Suffering from post-stroke complications he died on 14 January 2022, 53 years to the day after Elvis laid down his first recording of one of his songs, 'Wearin’ That Loved On Look'. Dallas Frazier RIP: 27 Oct 1939 - 14 January 2022