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Published on Feb 27, 2010
Live Recording from Ames, Iowa.
"Bye Bye Love" is a popular song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and published in 1957. It is best known in a debut recording by The Everly Brothers, issued by Cadence Records as catalog number 1315. The song reached #2 on the US Billboard Pop charts and #1 on the Cash Box Best Selling Record charts. Ray Charles included his version of the song on his 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. The song is ranked #207 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Rory Blackwell and his Blackjacks recorded it the UK in 1957 issued by Parlophone/EMI.
The Everly Brothers' version also enjoyed major success as a country song, reaching No. 1 in the spring of 1957. Its country success was concurrent with another country version recorded by Webb Pierce, at the time one of country music's top entertainers. Pierce's version reached No. 7 that summer.
The duo Simon & Garfunkel recorded it live for their 1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water album. A "goof" may be heard in the sixth line of the third refrain, where one or both singers begin singing "happiness" as in the second line of the refrain but correct themselves to sing "sweet caress." The listener hears something akin to "Bye bye ha-sweet caress."
George Harrison recorded this song for his 1974 album Dark Horse with slightly changed lyrics. As a joke on the title and theme of the song, the Harrison version includes backing vocals by Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, who had divorced Harrison due to a romance with Clapton.
The song was featured in the film All That Jazz, sung by Ben Vereen and Roy Scheider, with some lyrics rewritten to fit that story. A cover of the song by the Scottish band The Proclaimers is heard in the film Bye Bye Love.
"Bye Bye Love" was also included in the Ditty Bops album Moon Over The Freeway, published in 2006.
Trini Lopez included his version of the song on his On The Move album for Reprise Records.
Maybe even ´Bye Bye Love´ is intended as a sly reference to the breakup of the duo.