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  • Boudleaux and Felice Bryant became partners in life and work and became known as one of the most successful songwriting duos ever.

    Boudleaux and Felice Bryant became partners in life and work and became known as one of the most successful songwriting duos ever.

In 1945, a classically trained violinist from Moultrie, Georgia, named Boudleaux Bryant performed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he met a young elevator operator named Matilda Genevieve Scaduto. The pair eloped just days later and Bryant and his new bride, “Felice,” as he affectionately called her, unwittingly set out on a journey that would lead them to one of the most successful songwriting partnerships ever. Boudleaux’s innovative melodies and Felice’s catchy lyrics first hit the airwaves in 1948 when Little Jimmy Dickens recorded their song “Country Boy.” Later, the Everly Brothers hit gold with Bryant songs like “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up, Little Susie” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” Over 1,500 songs by the prolific couple have been recorded by artists including Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Simon & Garfunkel, the Grateful Dead, Tony Bennett, R.E.M., Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan. Boudleaux and Felice Bryant are interred together at the Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.