Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love” Single Of The Day
As Spring, 1957 dawns, Kentucky natives Phil and Don Everly are among the newest acts to join the Cadence Record roster. They had previously cut one single in 1955 for Columbia, a non-charting effort. This time, the results would be vastly different. It was March, when they entered RCA’s Nashville studios, with Cadence owner Archie Bleyer producing and session men including Chet Atkins and Buddy Harman, and by the sessions’ end, three songs were cut, including both sides of their Cadence debut.
It’s been reported that one of those sides, “Bye Bye Love”, had been rejected by many artists, including, allegedly, Elvis Presley and The Wilburn Brothers. “Bye Bye Love” was released in March, but wouldn’t make it’s debut until May, when it first appeared on the country charts, a couple of weeks before hitting the Pop Top 40. The record caught fire and, despite a competing version by Webb Pierce, would spend seven weeks (July and August) on top of the country charts, while peaking at two on the pop side.
It’s interesting to note that even though the Everly Brothers would ultimately have the largest part of their success as rock ‘n’ rollers, their version of this classic is easily the more country version of the two hits from 1957. Webb Pierce’s version has a much stronger rocking sound to it.
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