February 14, 2018

Before Charles’, Twitty’s and Lynn’s, there was The Everly’s

“Bye Bye Love” is a popular song that Felice and Boudleaux Bryant composed. Soon, the two songwriters published the track in 1957. Through the Everly Brothers, the single became popular. Issued by Cadence Records as catalog number 1315, the tune occupied spot #2 on the US Billboard Pop charts. Also, it hit number 1 on the Cash Box Best Selling Record charts. The Everly Brothers’ version also enjoyed a major success in the country music industry. In the spring of 1957, it became a chart-topper. Moreover, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Everlys’ “Bye Bye Love” 210th on The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

On February 1st, 1957, Don Everly turned 20 years. To celebrate his birthday, Don and 18-year-old brother Phil signed a recording contract with Cadence Records. Just over three months later sometime May 9th, their debut charted record entered the Top 100 chart. “Bye Bye Love” positioned at number 64. The song was a runner-up for 4 non-consecutive weeks and it stayed on the chart for a total of 27 weeks.

Before jumping to Warner Brothers Records in 1960, the duo got lucky under Cadence. They made 35 singles on the Top 100.

On May 11th, 1957, the Everly Brothers performed “Bye Bye Love” on the ‘Grand Ole Opry’. They made history at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as it was their debut on the Opry.

Originally, the guitar intro to the song was not part of the track. Don Everly came up with the idea and he just tacked it at the beginning. During the session, Chet Atkins was the lead guitar player and Buddy Harmon was the drummer.

Charles’, Twitty’s and Lynn’s Bye Bye Love Versions

In 1962, Ray Charles covered “Bye Bye Love” on his seminal album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. Apart from Charles, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn made an up-tempo version of the said track. They included it in the 1973 duet album Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.


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