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“All I have to do is dream” by the everly brothers

In the Everly’s Brother’s 1958 hit “All I Have to Do is Dream”, a magical story of real love comes to life. Originally written by husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, “All I Have to Do is Dream” tells the story of a dream Felice had prior to meeting her husband Boudleaux Bryant. She claimed to have seen his face in a dream years before, and recognized him immediately after seeing him at a hotel. During this time, she was working as the hotel elevator operator, while he was performing in her hometown. Only two days after meeting, the couple eloped, and continued to write hundreds of songs together. Their career as a successful songwriting team took off from there, and became bigger than they ever imagined. They went on to make other hits as well, such as “Rocky Top” and “Love Hurts”.

Country influenced rock and roll duo, The Everly Brothers, created their own version of the song, eventually making it’s way to become one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. During the time of “jangle pop”, “All I Have to Do is Dream” reflects the tone of the 1950’s, mixed with a dreamy sound similar to a lullaby. The song appeared in several films and television shows, and is still recognizable today.

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