Ebony Eyes (John D. Loudermilk song)

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"Ebony Eyes"
Ebony eyes Everly Brothers.jpg
Single by The Everly Brothers
B-side "Walk Right Back"
Released January 1961
Format 7" 45rpm
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) John D. Loudermilk
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)"
(1960)
"Ebony Eyes"
(1961)
"Temptation"
(1961)
"So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)"
(1960)
"'Ebony Eyes"
(1961)
"Temptation"
(1961)

"Ebony Eyes" is a song written by John D. Loudermilk, recorded in 1961 by The Everly Brothers and released as a single (b/w "Walk Right Back"), which reached No.8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[1] The lyrics tell a young man's tragic story of losing his beloved fiancée in an 'plane crash in dark, stormy weather conditions, conditions which remind him of his fiancée's "ebony eyes".

The single, a double A-side in the U.K., reached No.1 in the U.K. singles chart on 2 March 1961 for 3 weeks[2] and was the ninth best-selling single of the calendar year 1961 in the U.K.[3] "Ebony Eyes" was initially banned by the B.B.C. from airplay in the U.K. as its lyrics were considered too upsetting to play on the radio.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 56. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "Official [U.K.] Singles Chart Top 50: 02 March-08 March 1961". The Official U.K. Charts Company. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1961 [in the U.K.]". www.sixtiescity.net. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
Preceded by
"Sailor" by Petula Clark
UK number one single
"Walk Right Back" b/w "Ebony Eyes" (double A-side) by The Everly Brothers

March 2, 1961 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wooden Heart"
by Elvis Presley