Dallas Frazier, Country Songwriter Behind ‘Elvira,’ ‘Beneath Still Waters’ & More, Dies

Songwriter Dallas Frazier, known for penning hits including The Oak Ridge Boys‘ 1981 classic “Elvira,” and Gene Watson‘s “Fourteen Carat Mind,” died Friday (Jan. 14). Frazier was 82.

Frazier was born in Spiro, Okla., on Oct. 27, 1939, and raised in Bakersfield, California. At age 12, he was already writing songs and won a talent competition hosted by Ferlin Husky. By age 14, Frazier was recording for Capitol Records. In 1960, Frazier had his first success as a songwriter, when “Alley Oop” became a pop hit for the Hollywood Argyles. Three years later, he moved to Nashville.

In 1967, the Frazier-penned “There Goes My Everything,” recorded by Jack Greene, was named song of the year by the Country Music Association.

Frazier also found success co-writing songs with A.L. “Doodle” Owens, including Charley Pride‘s first No. 1 Billboard Hot Country Songs hit, 1969’s “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me).” Pride also had No. 1 country hits with the Frazier/Owens collaborations “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again,” “I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me” and “Then Who Am I.”

Connie Smith and George Jones were also among those who recorded several of Frazier’s hits, such as Jones’ 1967 hit “If My Heart Had Windows.” (Jones also recorded an entire album of Frazier’s songs on Sings the Songs of Dallas Frazier.) Among the Frazier-penned Smith recordings are “Ain’t Had No Lovin’,” “Run Away Little Tears,” “Ain’t Love a Good Thing” and more.

Another’s of Frazier’s best-known songs, “Elvira,” was previously recorded by Rodney Crowell before it became a smash hit for the Oak Ridge Boys in 1981. The group’s recording of the song earned the Country Music Association’s single of the year honor.

“I’ve noticed this all my life in writing songs, there’s a thing called feel, and it’s magic when you get ahold of 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 doesn’t have that feel, it just doesn’t do anything. ‘Elvira’ had the feel. And The Oaks, what a tremendous cut. With Richard Sterban doing his thing on it and the horns just making it first class…it had so much magic in it, it’d just raise the hair on your arms.”

During his career, Frazier earned three Grammy nominations, for his work on “There Goes My Everything,” “All I Have To Offer You (Is Me),” and “Elvira.”

In 1980, Frazier’s “Beneath Still Waters” became a No. 1 country hit for Emmylou Harris, and Frazier also co-wrote Tanya Tucker‘s first No. 1 hit, “What’s Your Mama’s Name?”

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

Dallas Frazier is among the greatest country songwriters of all time,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “He could convey infectious fun with ‘Elvira,’ and then write something as stunningly sad and true as ‘Beneath Still Waters.’ His songs helped Connie Smith to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was a man of kindness, generosity, and faith, who overcame a hardscrabble upbringing to offer smiling gifts to all of us. He lived a beautiful life of a beautiful mind.”

‘Encanto,’ ‘Grease’ & More Films Where the Biggest Hit Wasn’t the Song that Vied for an Oscar Nod

The zesty “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is the breakout hit from Encanto, but it’s not the song from the film that members of the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will be considering when they vote to determine this year’s nominees for best original song.

Instead, they’ll evaluate “Dos Oruguitas,” a Spanish-language acoustic ballad that had special meaning for Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote both music and lyrics for all of the songs in the film. It’s the first song he wrote entirely in Spanish.

“I really had to go out of my comfort zone,” Miranda told The Los Angeles Times. “My task was to write a Colombian folk song that feels like it’s always existed. … It was important to me that I write it in Spanish, rather than write it in English and translate it, because you can always feel translation. … I was really proud of it. I felt like I pulled it from a deeper place within myself.”

Both songs are listed on the Billboard Hot 100, but “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is way ahead. The track, credited to Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast, vaults from No. 50 to No. 5 in its second week. “Dos Oruguitas,” credited to Sebastian Yatra, debuts at No. 83.

Yet “Dos Oruguitas” (Spanish for “Two Caterpillars”) is the only Encanto song that Miranda and the team at Walt Disney Animation Studios submitted for Oscar consideration. It made the shortlist of 15 songs that are vying for a nomination. The five finalists will be announced on Feb. 8.

This isn’t the first time that the biggest hit from a film wasn’t the one that was submitted for Oscar consideration. Here are other times something like this happened.

Grease, 1978: Olivia Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” which received an Oscar nomination, was a big hit, peaking at No. 3 on the Hot 100, but there were two bigger hits from the soundtrack. Newton-John and John Travolta’s “You’re the One That I Want” and Frankie Valli’s “Grease” both reached No. 1.  John Farrar wrote both “Hopelessly” and “You’re the One That I Want.” Barry Gibb wrote “Grease.” This was the second year in a row that Gibb was passed over for an Oscar nod. None of the Bee Gees’ songs from Saturday Night Fever were nominated for the 1977 award. Newton-John performed her spotlight ballad on the Oscar telecast in April 1979 — and slayed! (“Hopelessly” lost to the disco classic “Last Dance.” Donna Summer’s performance of that song on the Oscar telecast was also stellar.)

Mary Poppins, 1964: “Chim Chim Cheree” won the Oscar, but it wasn’t the biggest hit from the soundtrack. The New Christy Minstrels’ cover version of “Chim Chim” reached No. 81 following their performance of the song on the Oscar telecast in April 1965, but Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke‘s original version of the tongue-twister “Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious” climbed 15 points higher, peaking at No. 66. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote the entire song score.  Later that year, Andrews invited The New Christy Minstrels to perform the song with her on her NBC special The Julie Andrews Show, an Emmy nominee for outstanding variety special.

In addition, there are many cases where the biggest hit from a film wasn’t eligible for an Oscar because it wasn’t written for the film. Here’s a sampling:

Country Strong, 2010: Gwyneth Paltrow’s title song from this country-themed film reached No. 81 on the Hot 100. Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger” did even better, hitting No. 34. But neither of those songs was written for the film. One that was, “Coming Home” (also performed by Paltrow), was nominated. Paltrow performed it on the Oscar telecast, but it lost to Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3.

The Bodyguard, 1992: Dolly Parton wrote and recorded “I Will Always Love You” in 1974, 18 years before Whitney Houston’s steel-belted version became a blockbuster hit in The Bodyguard. Two other songs from that film, “I Have Nothing” and “Run to You,” received Oscar nominations, but both lost to “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. Parton had been nominated for best original song for 1980’s “Nine to Five” and would be nominated again for 2005’s “Travelin’ Thru,” but this is the one that would almost certainly have won if it had been eligible.

The Rose, 1979: Amanda McBroom’s “The Rose,” a No. 3 smash for Bette Midler, wasn’t eligible because McBroom didn’t write it for the film. She had written it a year or two earlier in response to her manager’s suggestion that she write “some Bob Seger-type tunes.” Midler was the first artist to record the song, but the Academy are sticklers on this point. As a result, Midler didn’t get a chance to perform it on the Oscar telecast, though she was a best actress nominee for her performance in the film. McBroom did, however, win a Golden Globe for the song. Their rules are a little looser.

Bebe Rexha Nails Cover of Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl’ (With Completely Random Lyrics)

Bebe Rexha appeared on an upcoming episode of That’s My Jam, where she blew the competition away with a hilarious yet equally impressive cover of Rihanna‘s “Only Girl (In the World).”

Sitting beside her fellow game show contestants Anthony Anderson, T-Pain and Ryan Tedder, Bebe Rexha was called up to the microphone by host Jimmy Fallon, who instructed her to pull a lever to see which challenge she had to take on.

The wheel landed on “Nonsense Karaoke,” in which the contestant sings a well known song, but the lyrics are replaced with ridiculous, new lyrics.

Rexha was up for the challenge of performing the “nonsense” version of RiRi’s 2010 hit — and Fallon even set up a wind machine to get her in the zone.

“So could you help me steal / My favorite hoodie back from that girl?” Rexha belted in the goofy new chorus, as Fallon danced around behind her. “I left my other one up in the club / I find that I don’t like Impressionist art / Homely petulant squirrel.”

That’s My Jam is a music and comedy variety game show that draws inspiration from the most popular Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon games, including Launch the Mic, Air Guitar, Don’t Drop the Beat, Perfect Mash-Up, Wheel of Impossible Karaoke and Slay It, Don’t Spray It.

Watch full episodes of That’s My Jam on Peacock, which you can sign up for here.

Harry Styles Is All Smiles on ‘Eternals’ Set With Gemma Chan

The latest Marvel movie, Eternals, hit theaters in November, but for those who didn’t get a chance to see it on the big screen — it’s now streaming on Disney+.

To celebrate, Gemma Chan shared some behind-the-scenes pictures from the Eternals set, hanging with the cast and crew. She also including some never-before-seen snaps of Harry Styles in costume as Eros/Starfox.

In the first photo posing with the “Adore You” singer, the duo serve smoldering looks at the camera as they show off their colorful armor. The second pic, however, has the co-stars cheesing from ear-to-ear.

See Chan’s post here.

Of course, Styles’ girlfriend Olivia Wilde loved the photos, and the filmmaker sweetly commented, “Watching now obviously [raised hands emoji].”

The couple began working together in fall 2020 on the set of Don’t Worry Darling, which Wilde directs and Styles co-stars in with Florence Pugh. The film, set for release in September 2022 follows the tale of “a 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community who begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets,” per The Hollywood Reporter.

While Wilde and Styles haven’t ever confirmed that they’re dating, they first sparked rumors in January when they were photographed holding hands, while attending music manager Jeffrey Azoff’s wedding.

Adele Fans Spot Past Music Video Easter Eggs in Her ‘30’ Era Visuals | Billboard News

Since the start of Adele’s 30 era, fans have taken to social media to share their thoughts on what would become a quintessential soundtrack for “sad girl Autumn.” While casual listeners praised the Brit’s fourth studio album, some have dug even deeper — finding lyrical parallels and visual references to Adele classics in her videos for “Easy On Me” and “Oh My God.”

CKay Lands His First Top Triller U.S. & Global No. 1 With ‘Love Nwantiti’

CKay‘s “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” spends its first week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Triller U.S. chart, debuting atop the Jan. 15-dated survey.

The Top Triller U.S. and Top Triller Global charts highlight the biggest songs on Triller based on a formula blending the amount of views of videos containing a respective song, the level of engagement with those videos and the raw total of videos uploaded featuring each song, according to Triller. Data for the charts is represented on a Friday-Thursday tracking week, with the latest period running Dec. 31-Jan. 6.

The track’s triumph on Top Triller U.S. is thanks to a series of videos on Triller mashing up “Love Nwantiti” and another CKay song, “Emiliana,” with an upload from user @ellaley1, the biggest on the platform in the latest tracking period for the song.

“Love Nwantiti” concurrently crowns Billboard‘s World Digital Song Sales chart (2,000 downloads sold Dec. 31-Jan. 6, according to MRC Data) and spends its second week at No. 1 on the Top Triller Global ranking. It previously reached No. 2 on the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, the top 10 of the U.S.-based all-genre Streaming Songs chart and the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. CKay has also tallied five weeks atop the Emerging Artists chart.

“Love Nwantiti” is the first non-holiday upload to lead Top Triller U.S. in 2022. Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” ruled the ranking the previous two weeks.