The Quiller Memorandum: 25 Songs From The Pens Of Felice And Boudleaux Bryant

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 1 Disc
Release date: 21 Mar 2011


"First release in the Quiller Memorandum series honouring legendary songwrters...full of below-the-radar beauties."   4/5 RECORD COLLECTOR 

"A superb release that has been lovingly assembled."   AMERICAN MUSIC MAGAZINE

"This Splendid compilation is bursting at the seams with enjoyable pop, rock, country and rockabilly..."   MUSIC WEEK

CAT No: FVCD097UPC TEXT: 5055311000978

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When classical violinist Diadorious Bryant met and married Matilda Genevieve Scaduto, a former elevator operator, their union as Felice and Boudleaux Bryant heralded the dawning of a fairytale songwriting partnership. Beginning in 1946, the husband and wife team kicked off their careers by crafting country songs for the likes of Carl Smith, Red Foley and Little Jimmy Dickens.

When the rock & roll revolution began to unfold, Felice and Boudleaux aimed their collective talents, somewhat providentially, in the direction of the hankering teenager. The move resulted in some of the most inventive compositions of the era being authored, many of which were propelled into the upper regions of the charts by Don and Phil, the Everly Brothers. Stuart Colman, a long-time admirer of the Bryants’ work, has selected 25 titles that demonstrate the wide-ranging scope of the couple’s song catalogue.

Along with familiar fare such as ‘Wake Up Little Susie’, ‘Bye, Bye Love’ and ‘Raining in My Heart’, Stuart has unearthed some little-heard sides like Jimmy Bell’s original of ‘She Wears My Ring’ and the McCormick Brothers’ rockabilly rarity, ‘Big Eyes’. These 25 co-writes from Felice & Boudleaux Bryant, prove once and for all that the pen can be mightier than the word, and constitute a fitting start to our new occasional series, spotlighting great songwriters.



  1. Wake Up Little Susie (The Everly Brothers)
  2. Hey Sheriff (Rusty & Doug)
  3. Rockabilly Bungalow (George Morgan)
  4. Don'a Wan'a (Wanda Jackson)
  5. Mama Doll (Roy Teo)
  6. Willy, Quit Your Playing (Billy Grammer)
  7. Hey Joe! (Frankie Laine)
  8. Wolf Boy (Sammy Salvo)
  9. Big Eyes (The McCormick Brothers)
  10. Bye Bye, Love (Webb Pierce)
  11. I Got A Hole in My Pocket (Little Jimmy Dickens)
  12. Tryin' to Forget the Blues (Porter Wagoner)
  13. Beautiful Baby (Bobby Lord)
  14. You've Got Everything (Bob Luman)
  15. Nashville Blues (The Everly Brothers)
  16. She Wears My Ring (Jimmy Bell)
  17. Gonna Have Myself a Ball (Lance Roberts)
  18. School Bus (Kris Jensen)
  19. Sweet Sugar Lips (Kalin Twins)
  20. Teen-Ex (The Browns)
  21. I Never Had The Blues (Rusty & Doug)
  22. When You Touch Me (The Omegas)
  23. Jolie (Roy Orbison)
  24. Raining in My Heart (Buddy Holly)
  25. Why, Why, Bye, Bye (Bob Luman)