Hans Worst Hits of the 80’s- Elvira- The Oak Ridge Boys. In the spring and summer of 1982 there was no avoiding this song. The single went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to #1 on the country singles chart.
Elvira was written way back in 1966 by country singer -songwriter Dallas Frazier. His original only made it to #72 on the pop charts. The song title didn’t come from a woman he knew but from a street name in East Nashville, Tennessee. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition and Rodney Crowell were among the artists who covered it over the years but it wasn’t until The Oak Ridge Boys recorded it that it really took off. The Oak Ridge Boys in the late 70’s -early 80’s had been on a hot streak as far as success on the country charts went- they had up to Elvira 11 Top 10 singles in a row and 3 of those went to #1. They had never had a pop hit. Elvira quickly climbed to the top of the country singles chart and in something of a fluke- became their first pop success- #5. They would have one more pop hit- #12 Bobbie Sue #12 in 1982. On the country charts they continued their domination scoring 15 #1’s in the 1980’s the peak of their popularity. Nothing against these fellas- I once knew someone who considered them her favorite music act and she said they were great guys but I was never a fan. I always thought of them and The Statler Brothers as similar acts – I do like the Statler Brothers. Elvira of course won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By A Group or Duo with Vocal. Irritating song. Also one of those songs that get into your head and won’t leave for hours.