The world's most famous rock ‘n’ roll duo had already experienced a full career before their first record Bye Bye Love was released. As sons of popular country artists Ike and Margaret, they were pushed into the limelight from an early age. They would regularly appear on their parents’ radio shows throughout the '40s and accompanied them on many tours. In the mid-50s as rockabilly was evolving into rock ‘n’ roll the boys moved to Nashville, the mecca for such music. Don had a minor hit when Kitty Wells recorded his composition Thou Shalt Not Steal in 1954.
In 1957 they were given a Felice and Boudleaux Bryant song that was finding difficulty in being placed. They took Bye Bye Love and made it their own; it narrowly missed the US number 1 position and scored in the UK at number 6. The brothers then embarked on a career that made them second only to Elvis Presley in the rock ‘n’ roll popularity stakes. Their blend of country and folk did much to sanitize and make respectable a phenomenon to which many parents showed hostility. America, then still a racially segregated country, was not ready for its white teenagers to listen to black-based rock music. The brothers’ clean looks and even cleaner harmonies did much to change people's attitudes. They quickly followed this initial success with more irresistible Bryant songs, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Bird Dog, Problems, So Sad and the beautiful Devoted To You. The brothers were supremely confident live performers both with their trademark Gibson Dove and later black J50 guitars. By the end of the '50s they were the world's number 1 vocal group.
Above Art by Mark Watts
All I Have To Do Is Dream 1958
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