Bird Dog (song)

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"Bird Dog"
Single by The Everly Brothers
B-side "Devoted To You"
Released July 28, 1958
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:20
Label Cadence 1350
Writer(s) Boudleaux Bryant
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"All I Have to Do Is Dream"
(1958)
"Bird Dog"
(1958)
"Devoted To You"
(1958)

"Bird Dog" is a song written by Boudleaux Bryant and recorded by The Everly Brothers[1] released in 1958 and was a #1 hit on the Billboard Country Chart.[2] The song also hit number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 as well as peaking at number two for three weeks on the R&B charts.[3]

The musical structure is relatively unique in that it has a 12 bar blues stanza and an 8 bar blues chorus.

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1966, The Newbeats released a version of the song as a single.[4]
  • In 1975 English Glam rock band Mud recorded a cover of the song on their album Use Your Imagination which reached #33 on the UK charts

Charts[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
position
US Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers 1
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Billboard Hot R&B Sides 2
Australian Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
United Kingdom (NME) 2[5]
United Kingdom (Record Mirror) 1[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Everly Brothers interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 117. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 194. 
  4. ^ The Newbeats, "Bird Dog" single release Retrieved April 25, 2015
  5. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Everly Brothers". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  6. ^ McAleer, Dave. "Every No.1 in the 1960s is listed from all the nine different magazine charts!". Dave McAleer's website. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Blue Blue Day" by Don Gibson
C&W Best Sellers
number one single by The Everly Brothers

September 8, 1958 - October 13, 1958
Succeeded by
"City Lights" by Ray Price