Well here’s a weird 80’s combination if we ever saw one! Most of you remember the pop/country hit “Elvira” from 1981. (Remember the deep base part of the chorus? “Giddy up oom poppa omm poppa mow mow”) “Elvira” is a song written by Dallas Frazier and went on to became a hit by The Oak Ridge Boys in 1981, and is now considered one of their signature songs. Interestingly, the title of the song was NOT inspired by the name of a woman, but by the name of a street in East Nashville, Tennessee. If you say so guys.
Meanwhile, out on the west coast, a struggling actress named Cassandra Peterson took over as host of a local comedy television show in Los Angeles that aired B-grade horror movies. She took on the role of a campy female vampire, put on a black wig and a tight black cleavage-bearing costume and called herself Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and eventaully be came a huge national figure. From what we can tell, the two never really crossed paths, and otherwise would probably be remembered seperately, except for this video I found of the Oak Ridge Boys singing “Elvira” over images of Peterson in character as Elvira. Not that the song is awful (it hit #72 on the Billboard charts that year) but Ms. Peterson does make it easier to watch.
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