Rejected by 30 other artists, "Bye, Bye Love" became the song that skyrocketed the career of the Everly Brothers -- Phil and Don -- into the national charts. To date, it remains as their best-known hit ever.
Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, "Bye, Bye Love" blasted the charts in different music genres in 1957. Also, this smash hit earned massive success as a country song reaching number 1 in the same year. In fact, the song also placed 210th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, the husband-and-wife songwriters, penned this song, particularly for the Everly Brothers. Together, this talented couple came up with a lot of big hits for the duo and other artists. "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream" are among the songs they wrote. Whereas, the Bryants were mainly credited to be the first songwriters to come to Nashville and make a living only by writing songs.
In an interview with Country Music People in 1981, Boudleaux actually revealed:
"I wrote 'Bye Bye Love' while traveling home one night. Felice was driving down the highway and I got the first verse and chorus right down there. I always make sure I have a pen and paper in the car for these occasions."
In addition, he said:
"We really believed in the song and were disappointed when so many people turned it down. They said it was unsuitable, [and] some even asked if we have anything better!"
Not only were the Everly Brothers among the most important and best early rock & roll stars but also, they were one of the greatest rockers of any era. As a matter of fact, they set standards which are unmatched by any other artists to date. Their style was distinct with close, two-part harmonies and infused early rock & roll with some of the best elements of country and pop music.
Overall, the Everly Brothers -- Phil and Don -- may have already passed in this world but they will forever be alive in the songs they ever produced.