Devoted to You (song)

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For the song from the musical Grease, see Hopelessly Devoted to You.
"Devoted to You"
Single by The Everly Brothers
A-side "Bird Dog"
Released July 28, 1958
Format 7" single
Length 2:13
Label Cadence 1350
Writer(s) Felice Bryant(lyric)
Boudleaux Bryant(music)
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Bird Dog"
(1958)
"Devoted to You"
(1958)
"Take A Message To Mary"
(1959)
"Devoted to You"
Single by Carly Simon and James Taylor
from the album Boys in the Trees
Released 1978
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:45
Label Elektra
Producer(s) Arif Mardin
Carly Simon chronology
"You Belong to Me"
(1978)
"Devoted to You'"
(1978)
"Vengeance"
(1979)
James Taylor chronology
"Honey Don't Leave L.A."
(1978)
"Devoted to You'"
(1978)
"Up on the Roof"
(1979)
"Devoted to You"
Single by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
from the album Beach Boys' Party!
A-side "Gettin' Hungry"
Released

November 8, 1965 (album)

August 28, 1967 (single)
Format Vinyl
Recorded September 16, 1965
Genre Acoustic
Length 2:13
Label Capitol Records
Brian Wilson singles chronology
"Caroline, No"
(1966)
"Gettin' Hungry"
(1967)
"Let's Go to Heaven in My Car"
(1988)
Mike Love singles chronology
"Gettin' Hungry"
(1967)
"Lookin' Back with Love"
(1981)


Beach Boys' Party! track listing

"Devoted to You" is a song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.

The best-known version was recorded by The Everly Brothers,[1] and released by Cadence Records as catalog number 1350. This version was issued as the flip side of "Bird Dog," but reached the charts on its own, at No. 10 on the United States pop charts, No. 25 in Australia, and No. 1 in Canada. In addition, the song reached No. 7 on the United States country music chart and No. 2 on the rhythm and blues chart.

Charts[edit]

U.S. Chart (1958) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 10
Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 7
Rhythm & Blues Records (Billboard)[3] 2

Carly Simon and James Taylor version[edit]

The song was also recorded by American singer-songwriters Carly Simon and James Taylor, appearing on Simon's 1978 album, Boys in the Trees. Following the smash success of the album's first single "You Belong to Me", Devoted to You was released as the second single, and it also became a Top 40 hit. Charting on both the Billboard Pop singles chart and Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, as well as the Hot Country Songs chart. The song also charted in Canada, peaking at #50.[4]

Chart (1978)[5] Peak
Position
Canada (RPM Charts) 9
US Billboard Pop Singles (Hot 100) 13
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 3
US Billboard Country Songs 33

Cover versions[edit]

The Beach Boys' version was a part of their 1965 album Beach Boys' Party! and was sung by Mike Love and Brian Wilson. This version was later included as the b-side to the Mike Love and Brian Wilson single, "Gettin' Hungry". A version without the Party! sound effects can be found on their Hawthorne, CA compilation.

Brian Hyland covered the song for his 1964 album Here's to Our Love. Sandy Posey recorded a compelling cover on her Sweet Dreams album, in which she emulated the Everly Brothers' harmony using multi-track recording. The song was also covered by The Seekers on their 1993 live album 25 Year Reunion Celebration, and by Linda Ronstadt and Valerie Carter on Ronstadt's 1996 album Dedicated to the One I Love.

Kathleen Robertson sang the song in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everly Brothers interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ "The Everly Brothers Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for The Everly Brothers. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  3. ^ a b The Everly Brothers Awards History at AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Boys in the Trees > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 

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