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All I Have to Do Is Dream

by

The Everly Brothers



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This song, which sold over a million copies, was written by Boudleaux Bryant, who was half of the world famous husband-and-wife songwriting team, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Together, this talented couple penned many huge hits for the Everly Brothers and other artists, including "Bye, Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bird Dog," "Devoted to You," "Hey Joe," "Love Hurts," "Raining In My Heart," and "Rocky Top." See a photo and learn more about Boudleaux and Felice Bryant in Song Images.
Phil Everly (from everlybrothers.com): "I remember hearing 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' on an acetate with Boudleaux's version on it, and I said, at the time, they could have put Boudleaux's out and it would have been a hit. It's just a great, great song. It's beautiful. Boudleaux was the main man who wrote all the great songs for us, and we love him."
Chet Atkins played tremolo-style guitar chords on the song, providing an interesting musical backing to the Everly Brothers' unique vocal harmonies.
Boudleaux Bryant said regarding the phrase "Only trouble is, gee whiz": "I can't explain why I put that in there. It was just a lucky rhyme fall."
The song reached the US charts in four straight decades:
The Everly Brothers took it to #1 in 1958.
Richard Chamberlain's version went to #4 in 1963.
Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry reached #27 with it in 1970 and The Nitty Gritty Band landed at #66 in 1975.
Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal peaked at #51 in 1981.
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Comments (10):

On April 27th 1958, the Everly Brothers performed "All I Have To Do Is Dream" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
And on the very day of this 'Sullivan' show appearance the song peaked at #1 (for 4 weeks) on Billboard's Best Sellers chart; it had entered the chart on April 15th, 1958 and stayed on the Top 100 for 17 weeks...
It also reached #1 on Billboard's Country chart (for 2 weeks), Billboard's R&B chart (for 1 week), Canada (for 5 weeks), and the United Kingdom (for 7 weeks)...
The record's B-side, a covered version of Roy Orbison's "Claudette", also charted, it reached #30 on the Top 100.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
R.I.P. Mr. EVERLY...
Phil Everly passed away January 3rd, 2014 in Burbank, CA at the age of 74.
Between 1957 and 1984 the brothers had thirty-eight records on Billboard's Top 100 Singles chart; with fifteen making the Top 10 and three reaching #1 ("Wake Up Little Susie" for 4 weeks in 1957, "All I Have to Do Is Dream" for 5 weeks in 1958, "Cathy's Clown" for 5 weeks in 1960)...
In addition they also had three records peak at #2 ("Bye Bye Love", "Bird Dog", and "Problems")...
Brother Don will celebrate his 77th birthday next month on February 1st.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
In 1963 Richard Chamberlain covered this song and it peaked at No. 14 and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band reached No. 66 in 1975!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
I agree that the tremelo electric guitar sound of Chet Atkins and the piano-bass backing is a definite sound of the Everlys that I loved..
another great one is "Till I Kissed Ya" Hi Don!
- steve dotstar, los angeles, CA
This song was also covered in 1981 by Andy Gibb and Victoria Principle, who were romantically involved at the time.
- Mike, Santa Barbara, CA
Check out the version by Jeff Bridges & Karen Allen
in STARMAN. They did a proper version for the soundtrack album.
- Nunzio, Darwin, Australia
R.E.M. did a great cover of this in the film "Athens, Georgia Inside/Out" in 1987.
- Richard, Talladega, AL
covered on tour by Jack's mannequin
- jasmine, vancouver, WA
another cleverly veiled sexually charged 50's rock and roll song, which clearly references sexual phantasizing. something that's almost impossible to to stop for ten minutes when you're a teenager.
- matthewz, corpus christi, TX
I love this song, I also like the version of Glen Campbell singing with Babby Gentry. The songs of The Everly Brothers are so beautiful, it's always a joy to hear them again.
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
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