Panel: The Legacy of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant with Del Bryant, Bill C. Malone, Bobbie Malone, and Dennis Morgan

Sep 28, 2019

2 PM – 3:30 PM

Husband and wife songwriting duo Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote more than six thousand songs. More than nine hundred of them have been recorded by artists including Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Red Foley, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nazareth, Roy Orbison, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves, and Carl Smith. The Bryants’ first success came in 1949 when Little Jimmy Dickens had a Top Ten hit with their song “Country Boy.” They wrote twenty-nine songs for the Everly Brothers, including “Bye Bye Love” (the brothers’ first hit), “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Sleepless Nights,” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” In 1967, they wrote “Rocky Top,” which was first recorded by the Osborne Brothers. It was adopted as one of Tennessee’s state songs in 1982 and is the unofficial fight song of the University of Tennessee. The Bryants were elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1991.

The panel will include Boudleaux and Felice Bryant’s son Del Bryant, who worked for performing rights organization BMI beginning in 1972 and retired in 2014 as President and CEO. Also joining the conversation will be musicians and historians Bill C. Malone, author of the definitive country music reference work, Country Music, U.S.A., and Bobbie Malone; the two are completing a biography on Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Nashville songwriter Dennis Morgan, known for hits such as “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” and “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” will also be on hand. Presented in support of the exhibit We Could: The Songwriting Artistry of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Ford Theater. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Program ticket required. The program will be streamed live at

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This program is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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