|Dallas Frazier 2011 Biography
Legendary song writer Dallas Frazier, was born October 27, 1939 in Spiro, Oklahoma. His family moved to California when he was a small child and he was raised in the Bakersfield area. His family was part of the “Okie” migration to California during World War II that John Steinbeck wrote about in his famous book” The Grapes Of Wrath. The forties were filled with poverty and hardship for Dallas and his family. Cotton fields and Labor Camps are major memories of his early life. And during that time, God would reveal to Dallas his unique gift of writing. A gift that enabled him to write songs by age eleven.
In 1952 after winning a singing contest held by Ferlin Husky, he started working for Ferlin in the Bakersfield area. He was age twelve at the time. He became serious about honing his skills as a writer and performer and at age fourteen signed with Capitol Records. His first sessions included two of his own compositions: “Ain’t You Had No Bringin’ Up A’ tall” and “Love Life At Fourteen.” From 1954 to 1958 He was a regular featured artist on Cliffie Stones Hometown Jamboree in Los Angeles. He also worked Cousin Herb Henson’s TV show in Bakersfield as a regular most of that time.
Dallas had his first big hit in the summer of 1960. The song was “Alley Oop,” the song was written in the last of his teen years. The Hollywood Argyles went to the #1 spot in the Billboard with it.
In late 1963, He and his wife Sharon moved to Tennessee on a train. Again, he connected with his old friend Ferlin. He signed with Ferlin’s Publishing Company and soon got established as a writer with a promising future.
Over the years, Dallas has written hundreds of songs and has left an indelible mark on the music industry. “Elvira,” “There Goes My Everything,” “If My Heart Had Windows,” “Mohair Sam,” “All I Have To Offer You Is Me,” and, “The Son Of Hickory Hollers Tramp,” are just a few of the successful songs contained in his catalogue. One of his most cherished honors was being inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Association, International Hall Of Fame on October 10, 1976.
His taste and appreciation for music covers a vast range; from Bluegrass to Povaratti. His roots are country but that didn’t stop him from developing a great love for the blues and other genres. He’s not a man that you can label or put in a box!
On the spiritual side, Dallas is a non-denominational Christian minister. For the most part he was retired from the music business from 1976 to 2006. Much of that time was spent in Christian ministry. From August of 1999 to mid-2006 he was the pastor of Grace Community Fellowship, a non-denominational church near White House, Tennessee. However his creative aspirations are tugging at him again. And he feels that God has confirmed to him that his greatest work is in the days ahead. He and his wife Sharon live on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee.