There's a reason why the Oak Ridge Boys' 1981 smash hit "Elvira" sounds like it's a throwback to the pre-Beatles days of rock & roll, when pop songs were flavored with doo wop-styled harmonies: it was written by Dallas Frazier, the man who penned such early rock & roll hits as the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop," plus such country novelty hits as George Jones' "I'm a People." As a matter of fact, Frazier recorded the song in 1966 for his album, Elvira. Even then, the doo wop flourishes of the chorus seemed a little dated, since it had been a while since a song with a refrain as corny as "giddy-up-a-boom-bop-a-mow-mow" had been a smash hit. When the Oak Ridge Boys released it in 1981, however, such affectations were quaintly nostalgic, and audiences went crazy for it, making the record a platinum single and a crossover hit. Strangely enough, the Oak Ridge Boys found the song not on Dallas Frazier's 1966 album, but on Rodney Crowell's 1978 debut effort, Ain't Living Long Like This. He just barely scraped the charts with it that year, but it found the ears of the Oak Ridge Boys, who decided to play up the silly novelty side of the song for their hit. Their gambit worked -- they had a version that was breezy, friendly, and playful, which appealed to many different audiences, from children to nostalgic parents. It still was a slight song, but slight songs can be fun...and that's exactly what Frazier's "Elvira" is, in any of its incarnations.