Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

Date: 1975 November 19
Length: 134 min.
Call Number: OH18


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

1975 November 19
2 hours, 14 minutes
Hit songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant discuss their career. Topics covered include how they started writing songs; extensive discussion of how they write together; writing “Country Boy” and how it established a connection to Fred Rose; discussion of Fred Rose; publishing company-songwriter relationships; success of their hits including “Love Hurts,” “Rocky Top,” and “Bye Bye Love”; contract with Acuff-Rose; starting House of Bryant Publications; and their connection to the Everly Brothers.