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Country songwriter Dallas Frazier has died at the age of 82 after writing hits for Elvis Presley and Diana Ross

Country songwriter Dallas Frazier died at the age of 82 last Friday at a nursing home in Gallatin, TN after suffering two strokes in late 2021.

The songs of the three Grammy nominees were recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdink, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Jack Greene, George Jones, Charley Pride, Emmylou Harris and Tanya Tucker.

In 1981, The Oak Ridge Boys covered Dallas' 1961 song Elvira, which became one of their signature songs.

RIP: Country songwriter Dallas Frazier died at the age of 82 last Friday at a nursing home in Gallatin, TN after suffering two strokes in late 2021 (pictured in 2019)

RIP: Country songwriter Dallas Frazier died at the age of 82 last Friday at a nursing home in Gallatin, TN after suffering two strokes in late 2021 (pictured in 2019)

"We lost a dear friend today," the five-time Grammy-winning band said in a statement Friday.

'Dallas Frazier had an impact on our country music career from the beginning. He wrote The Baptism of Jesse Taylor. But his influence in the 1980s was even greater after we recorded his song #Elvira. Rest in peace, Dallas. See you on the other side.'

"I've noticed this all my life in writing songs, there's something called feel, and it's magic when you get it," Frazier told journalist Tom Roland in a 2018 interview.

'It can make or break a record. You can have a great song and all, but if it does not have that feeling, it just does not matter. Elvira had the feeling. And The Oaks, what a great cut. With Richard Sterban doing his thing on it and the horns just doing it first class ... it had so much magic in it, it would just lift the hair on your arms. '

Gone Too Early: The three-time Grammy-nominated (pictured in 1966) songs were recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdink, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Jack Greene, George Jones, Charley Pride , Emmylou Harris and Tanya Tucker

Gone Too Early: The three-time Grammy-nominated (pictured in 1966) songs were recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Ross, Engelbert Humperdink, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Jack Greene, George Jones, Charley Pride , Emmylou Harris and Tanya Tucker

'We lost a dear friend today': In 1981, The Oak Ridge Boys covered Dallas' number Elvira from 1961, which became one of their signature songs (pictured in 2018)

'We lost a dear friend today': In 1981, The Oak Ridge Boys covered Dallas' number Elvira from 1961, which became one of their signature songs (pictured in 2018)

The five-time Grammy-winning band said in a statement Friday: 'The Dallas Frazier had an impact on our country music career from the beginning.  He wrote The Baptism of Jesse Taylor.  But his influence in the 1980s was even greater after we recorded his song #Elvira.  Rest in peace, Dallas.  See you on the other side'

The five-time Grammy-winning band said in a statement Friday: 'The Dallas Frazier had an impact on our country music career from the beginning. He wrote The Baptism of Jesse Taylor. But his influence in the 1980s was even greater after we recorded his song #Elvira. Rest in peace, Dallas. See you on the other side'

The 11-time Grammy nominee Connie Smith recorded 72 of the hitmaker who became minister's songs between 1966-2021.

"The world lost a wonderful Christian man and one of the most successful songwriters in country music history," the 80-year-old singer said in a statement.

Connie and Dallas were musical soulmates and good friends. By her performance at the Grand Ole Opry [on Saturday], Connie spoke fondly of her friend Dallas as she made last-minute changes to her 3-song set list to perform Frazier's I Love Charley Brown, If it Ain't Love (Let's Leave it Alone), and Where is My Castle?

Frazier told Tom Roland in an interview from 2018: 'I've noticed this all my life when I wrote songs, there's something called feel, and it's magic when you get it.  It can make or break a record.  You can have a great song and all, but if it does not have that feeling, it just does not matter '

Frazier told Tom Roland in an interview from 2018: 'I've noticed this all my life when I wrote songs, there's something called feel, and it's magic when you get it. It can make or break a record. You can have a great song and all, but if it does not have that feeling, it just does not matter '

'The world lost a wonderful Christian man and one of the most successful songwriters in country music history': The 11-time Grammy nominee Connie Smith recorded 72 of the hitmaker who became minister's songs between 1966-2021

'The world lost a wonderful Christian man and one of the most successful songwriters in country music history': The 11-time Grammy nominee Connie Smith recorded 72 of the hitmaker who became minister's songs between 1966-2021

'He was humble and kind': Dallas wrote country crooner Gene Watson's first No. 1 hit Fourteen Carat Mind

'He was humble and kind': Dallas wrote country crooner Gene Watson's first No. 1 hit Fourteen Carat Mind

'Most sincere condolences go to his wife Sharon and the Frazier family. Dallas will be deeply missed. Although we are so saddened by his passing, we celebrate his life, his legacy, and the many, many wonderful songs he has left for us. '

Dallas wrote country crooner Gene Watson's first No. 1 hit Fourteen Carat Mind.

'I'm sorry to hear that the great songwriter and great man, Dallas Frazier, has passed away. He wrote so many of our greatest country hits, 'the 78-year-old Texan wrote in a statement.

Tribute: In 1976, Frazier was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the organization also mourns his loss

Tribute: In 1976, Frazier was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the organization also mourns his loss

'Had I not been poor, I would never have been a songwriter': The Oklahoma-born, Cali-raised writer made his final appearance in Scott McDaniel's 65-minute short Elvira: The True Story of Dallas Frazier, which premiered in Nashville in 2020 Film Festival

'Had I not been poor, I would never have been a songwriter': The Oklahoma-born, Cali-raised writer made his final appearance in Scott McDaniel's 65-minute short Elvira: The True Story of Dallas Frazier, which premiered in Nashville in 2020 Film Festival

'He also wrote Elvira, There Goes My Everything, All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) and so many more. He was even humble and kind. We were just lucky to have him write his songs for country music. RIP Dallas. '

In 1976, Frazier was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the organization also mourns his loss.

The Oklahoma-born, Cali-raised writer made his final appearance in Scott McDaniel's 65-minute short Elvira: The True Story of Dallas Frazier, which premiered at the 2020 Nashville Film Festival.

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