Bye Bye Love (The Everly Brothers song)
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|"Bye Bye Love"|
|Single by The Everly Brothers|
|B-side||"I Wonder If I Care"|
|Genre||Rockabilly, country, rock 'n' roll|
|Writer(s)||Felice and Boudleaux Bryant|
|The Everly Brothers singles chronology|
"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 number 2 on the US Billboard Pop charts and number 1 on the Cash Box Best Selling Record charts. The Everly Brothers' version also enjoyed major success as a country song, reaching number 1 in the spring of 1957. The Everlys' "Bye Bye Love" is ranked 210th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
George Harrison's version
|"Bye Bye, Love"|
|Song by George Harrison from the album Dark Horse|
|Released||9 December 1974 (US)
20 December 1974 (UK)
|Writer||Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant, George Harrison|
|Dark Horse track listing|
In 1974, George Harrison recorded "Bye Bye, Love" for his album Dark Horse. As well as inserting a comma in the song title, Harrison came up with additional lyrics and a radically different melody line. The new words were in reference to his wife Pattie Boyd having left him for their mutual friend Eric Clapton:
There goes our lady, with a-you-know-who
I hope she's happy, old Clapper too
We had good rhythm (and a little slide) till she stepped in
Did me a favour, I ... threw them both out.
In a later verse, Harrison states that he's "got tired of ladies that plot and shove me" before apparently dismissing his wife's affair as "our lady ... out on a spree".
Rumours circulated that Clapton himself guested on guitar and Boyd on backing vocals, but they were incorrect, although the new couple were credited on the inner sleeve notes. Harrison had scribbled their names along with other cryptic messages among the album's musician credits, whereupon an assistant then sought permission from Clapton's record company and added the standard acknowledgment: "Eric Clapton appears through the courtesy of RSO Records."
"Rhythm Ace" was another confusing credit, as Tom Scott explained soon after the album's release: "Rhythm Ace is an electronic machine that plays any rhythm − a boogaloo, a cha-cha or a rhumba. I suppose a lot of people will think it's a person." In fact, Harrison played all the instruments on the recording, using the multitrack facilities available to him at his state-of-the-art home studio: two 12-string acoustic guitars, drums, Moog bass as well as bass guitar, three electric guitar parts, electric piano, bongos, together with his lead vocal and backing vocals.
While he would soon dismiss the exercise as "just a little joke", his reading of "Bye Bye Love" drew harsh reactions from critics when Dark Horse appeared late in 1974. Decades later, it still finds little favour with reviewers; Richard S. Ginell of Allmusic calls it a "slipshod rewrite", Alan Clayson has written of the ex-Beatle's "blatant ... liberty-taking", while Harrison's musical biographer Simon Leng views it as "one track on Dark Horse that seriously fails the quality-control test ... a desperately bad offering". Leng does see Harrison's wry cover in the context in which it was made, though: "In its own way, 'Bye Bye, Love' is a classic 1970s period piece, from the era when rock stars used music to settle their own personal scores. Thankfully, George Harrison only made that mistake once."
Other cover versions
The Everly Brothers' 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 number 7 that summer.
Between 1972 and 1974, "Bye Bye Love" was covered by Singapore-based female singer Ervinna, backing music by The Charlie & His Boys, on her album Golden Hits Of 20th Century Vol. 4 with the local White Cloud Record. Hong Kong female singer Betty Chung (鍾玲玲), also recorded the song on her album Betty Chung with EMI Regal Records in 1974.
The Pearls included an uptempo version of the song on their hits compilation album "A String of Pearls", released on the Revola label in 2005 .
The song was reworked for a Sea-Bond denture adhesive commercial as "Bye Bye Pastes".
- The Everly Brothers interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 117.
- The Editors of Rolling Stone, Harrison, Rolling Stone Press/Simon & Schuster (New York, NY, 2002), p. 46.
- Lindsay Planer, Allmusic review: "George Harrison: Bye Bye, Love" (retrieved 22 March 2012).
- Alan Clayson, George Harrison, Sanctuary (London, 2003), p. 343.
- Keith Badham, The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970−2001, Omnibus Press (London, 2002), p. 135.
- Michael Gross, "George Harrison: How Dark Horse Whipped Up a Winning Tour", CIrcus Raves, March 1975; available at Rock's Back Pages (retrieved 14 July 2012).
- Simon Leng, While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison, Hal Leonard (Milwaukee, WI, 2006), p. 152.
- Keith Badham, The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970−2001, Omnibus Press (London, 2002), p. 203.
- Nicholas Schaffner, The Beatles Forever, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY, 1978), p. 178.
- Richard S. Ginell, Allmusic review: "George Harrison: Dark Horse" (retrieved 11 March 2012).
- "RPM Country Tracks". RPM. July 4, 1992. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
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