Dallas J. Frazier, 82 of Gallatin, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on January 14, 2022. He was born on October 27, 1939, in Spiro, Oklahoma to the late William Floyd Frazier and the late Eva Marie Laughlin Frazier Person. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Sharon Frazier; their daughters Melody (Mike) Morris, Robin (Mike) Proetta, Alison (Bill) Thompson; grandchildren Matt (Stephanie) Morris, Josh (Morgan) Morris, Dallas Morris, Grace Morris; great grandson Arlo Morris; sister Judy Shults; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Person.
Dallas’ family moved to California when he was a small child and he was raised in the Bakersfield area. Dallas became interested in singing and writing at an early age. In 1952 at the age of twelve, he started working with Ferlin Husky as a featured singer in the Bakersfield area. At the age of fourteen he signed with Capitol Records as a recording artist and continued to hone his skills at songwriting. His first session included two of his own compositions. From 1954 to 1958 Dallas was a regular featured singer on the Cliffie Stone’s Hometown Jamboree, a country music television show out of Los Angeles. During this time he also worked the Cousin Herb Henson’s television show in Bakersfield.
In 1958, he met his wife Sharon, and they married on June 8 of that year. A couple years later in 1960 he wrote his first big hit, “Alley Oop.” The Hollywood Argyles took the song to number one on the Billboard chart.
In 1963 he and his family moved to Tennessee on a train. He connected with his good friend Ferlin Husky. He signed with Ferlin’s publishing company and was soon established as a writer with a very promising future.
Dallas has written hundreds of songs, achieved numerous awards and left an indelible mark on the music industry. “Elvira,’ “There Goes My Everything,” “If My Heart Had Windows,” “All I Have To Offer You Is Me,” “I’m So Afraid Of Losing You Again,” “Beneath Still Waters,” “Mohair Sam,” and “The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp,” are just a few of his 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 Pavarotti. His roots are country, as he wrote in his song “Hank and Lefty Raised My Country Soul,” but that didn’t stop him from developing a great love for blues and other genres. He was not a man that you could label or put in a box.
Dallas became a born again Christian in 1961. In 1976, he stepped away from his music career. He devoted that time to seeking the Lord and Christian ministry, pastoring a church in White House, TN from 1999-2006. In 2007 he felt God leading him to start writing and singing again, and recorded a CD, “Dallas Frazier – Writing & Singing Again,” with some of his new songs and old songs on it.
Dallas deeply loved his wife, girls and family, but most of all his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dallas’ memory to the Nashville Rescue Mission – https://nashvillerescuemission.org.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 20th at First Baptist Church Hendersonville, 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd, Hendersonville, TN 37075 with a visitation starting at 10:00am. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m at Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center.
Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at alexandergallatin.com. (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555
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