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Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

March 26, 1983 OHC44 163 min.


Songwriters. Boudleaux born February 13, 1920; died June 25, 1987. With his wife Felice (born August 7, 1925; died April 22, 2003), Boudleaux wrote some of the most popular songs ever recorded in Nashville. Best remembered as the writers of many of the Everly Brothers’ biggest hits, including “Bye, Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” Other hits they wrote include “How’s the World Treating You,” “Let’s Think About Living,” and “Rocky Top.” Members, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Members, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1983 March 26
(2 hours, 43 minutes)
Songwriter Boudleaux Bryant and his wife, Felice, discuss their lengthy songwriting career. Boudleaux discusses his early musical influences; appearing on the WSB Crossroads Follies in the 1930’s; recording with Hank Penny for Art Satherley; writing songs with Felice; writing “Country Boy”; pitching songs to publishers; moving to Nashville and playing backstage at the Grand Ole Opry; and Fred Rose as a music publisher and songwriter.

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