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Album: The Golden Hits of the Everly BrothersReleased: 1961Charted:
This tragic tale of the accident on flight 1203 in which a young man lost his beloved fiancée was released as a double A-sided single with "Walk Right Back
." It topped the UK charts despite initially being banned by the BBC as its lyrics were considered too upsetting to play on the radio. The song also reached #8 in the US.
The husband and wife team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant penned many of the Everly Brothers' hits and they helped out on this song as well. Phil Everly recalled: "I remember that when we were doing it, Felice got on the phone and called the airlines to find out about the flight numbers, because we didn't want to use a real flight number. She's the one that settled on that 1203, you know." (Source of quote Everlypedia