All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………on May 12th of 1958 The Everly Brothers enjoy their second Billboard chart topper, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, which will also rise to number one in the UK in July. This song, which sold over a million copies, was written by Boudleaux Bryant, who was half of the world famous husband-and-wife songwriting team, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Together, this talented couple penned many huge hits for the Everly Brothers and other artists, including “Bye, Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bird Dog,” “Devoted to You,” “Hey Joe,” “Love Hurts,” “Raining In My Heart,” and “Rocky Top.” Phil Everly (from “I remember hearing ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ on an acetate with Boudleaux’s version on it, and I said, at the time, they could have put Boudleaux’s out and it would have been a hit. It’s just a great, great song. It’s beautiful. Boudleaux was the main man who wrote all the great songs for us, and we love him.” Chet Atkins played tremolo-style guitar chords on the song, providing an interesting musical backing to the Everly Brothers’ unique vocal harmonies. According to Billboard magazine, the song took just 15 minutes to write. The song reached the US charts in four straight decades: The Everly Brothers took it to #1 in 1958. Richard Chamberlain’s version went to #4 in 1963. Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry reached #27 with it in 1970 and The Nitty Gritty Band landed at #66 in 1975. Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal peaked at #51 in 1981. OF NOTE……..The video of the song is from a concert in 1960 and backing Phil and Don is Buddy Holly’s band The Crickets. With Joe B. Mauldin on bass, Jerry Allison on drums and Sonny Curtis on guitar. Curtis wrote the rock classic “I Fought The Law” a huge hit for The Bobby Fuller Four in 1966 and the theme to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.