#TwoForTuesday: Boudleau and Felice Bryant


Boudleau and Felice Bryant were a husband-and-wife songwriting duo who wrote many of the hits for the Everly Brothers, but also for Little Jimmy Dickens, Buddy Holly, The Osborne Brothers, and others. Their songs have been covered many times in a number of genres, and they’ve had hits on the Hot 100, rock, country and R&B charts. Boudleau is from Shellman, Georgia and trained as a classical violinist, playing with the Atlanta Symphony during the 1937-38 season. His true love, however, was country fiddling, and he joinedHank Penny and his Radio Cowboys, a band based in Atlanta. He met Felice (born Matilda Scaduto) in 1945; she was the elevator operator at the Sherwood Hotel in Milwaukee. Boudleau was the third most-successful songwriter in the UK during the 1950’s, while Felice was 21st.

One of their hits for the Everly Brothers was “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” It was released in April 1958 and ended that yar at #2 on the Hot 100, after reaching #1 on the Top 100 and on the “Songs Most Played by Disk Jockeys” chart. It spent six weeks at #1 in the UK and 21 weeks in the top 100. Chet Atkins is one of the sidemen on this release.

“Love Hurts” was a later hit for the Everlys, and has been covered by numerous acts, including the Scottish band Nazareth, who charted with it in 1975. It reached #8 in the US and #1 in Canada that year.

Boudleau and Felice Bryant, your Two for Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

8 thoughts on “#TwoForTuesday: Boudleau and Felice Bryant

  1. JOhn, as a country music fan, these are a couple of names I remember. Their skills were legendary and they won industry awards to reflect that.

    thanks for the trip down memory lane and Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.



    1. Glad you enjoyed it. To be honest, before writing this I had no idea just how much they had contributed to rock & roll. But then, country is as much an influence on R&R as blues and R&B were.

      Have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year, Louise!


  2. Love both of these songs! I’m very embarrassed that I thought Love Hurts was an original by Nazareth. I can’t imagine the Everly Brothers singing it. Now I have to go check that out. I’m sure the song will sound MUCH different.


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