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Bye Bye Love

by

The Everly Brothers



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About 30 other artists had previously rejected this song before The Everly Brothers recorded it. It became their first hit in both the UK and US.
The husband-and-wife songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote this. Together, this talented couple penned many huge hits for the Everly Brothers and other artists, including "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream." The Bryants are credited with being the first songwriters to come to Nashville and make a living only by writing songs. See a photo and learn more about them in Song Images.
This was a favorite of Simon & Garfunkel, who included it on their classic Bridge Over Troubled Water album. Paul Simon tells the story about how when he and Art Garfunkel were kids, they took a bus to the nearest record store so they could buy the single, and it became a staple of their shows when they started performing. It was always a fun song for them to play, especially when the audience would supply the backbeat. For their Bridge Over Troubled Water recording, they recorded audiences clapping from some of their shows to incorporate into the mix.
According to legend, the Everlys were nonplussed about the song but were appreciative of the $64 fee that both brothers received for the session.
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Comments (12):

Phil Everly passed away yesterday (January 3rd, 2014) at the age of 74.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
@Pierre-Yves:

Yes, Ray Charles did record this song. I wonder if it was to give the perverbial nod back to the Everly Brothers for recording his song "This Little Girl of Mine." I hope that last sentence made sense. Lol.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
My grandfather wrote this song in prison as a poem. He sold it for commisarry money losing all rights to it, but he was the first to write the actual words.
- Kayla, Kaufman, TX
Honky Tonk vocalist Webb Pierce also released this song is 1957; it peaked at No. 73 on Billboard's Pop chart but reached No. 7 on the Country chart!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
they were born in a reallllly small town, in which i live.
- mcgehee, louisville, KY
This song was produced at RCA records by Bill Porter, the legendary chief engineer who with Chet Atkins developed the Nashville Sound. Bill had a dozen number one hits and more than 600 chart records in his career at RCA. He recorded such artists as Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, among many others and was the engineer that the big artists requested. After leaving RCA, Porter ran sound for Elvis on the road for six years, then began the teaching of recording arts at various universities.
- Ken, Denver, CO
Didn't Ray Charles cover that song ?
- Pierre-Yves, Belfort, France
Simon and Garfunkle's version was on the Bridge over Troubled LP.
- Alan, Chesterfield, MI
David Lindley covered this song with a reggae-type feel to it on his album "El Rayo-X"
- Ed, London, Canada
"There goes my baby with someone new ..." I love the Everly Brothers and after all these years I still enjoy listen to their beautiful songs.
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
The Bryants wrote this song for Elvis, who turned it down. Talking to Chet Atkins about it, Chet said, "I've got a couple of young kids coming in to record. Why don't you offer it to them." The Bryants did and the boys liked it, but they struggled in the studio for hours. It just didn't click. Finally in frustration, Don started playing an intro he had thought up for another song. "What's that?" Chet asked. "Tack that onto the front of 'Bye Bye Love'. I think we've got something here." He was right. Don's guitar intro was the "hook" that got people's attention and sold the song...the Everly Brothers' first hit.
- Terry, Willmar, MN
This song was used with slightly modified lyrics in the movie "All That Jazz." The Joe Gideon character (based on Bob Fosse) sings this song -- with a refrain of "Bye bye my life goodbye" with Ben Vereen.
- James, San Bernardino, CA
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