The Oak Ridge Boys and Cassandra Peterson look nothing alike, but they do share one thing very much in common. They both own “Elvira.”
It was March of 1981 when the Oak Ridge Boys released their version of the classic hit that would undeniably define their career.
This was another one of those songs that bounced around for years before it truly found its home as it had been written and recorded back in 1966 by an artist named Dallas Frazier.
The title of the song was actually inspired not by a woman, but by a street name in East Nashville, Tenn. Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, along with Rodney Crowell, took their cracks at it before the Oaks cut it and included it on their “Fancy Free” album.
While every version sounded completely different, it was Richard Sterban’s indelible deep baritone solo that claimed this song for the Oaks from then on.