Felice Bryant (August 7, 1925 â€“ April 22, 2003) and Boudleaux Bryant (February 13, 1920 â€“ June 25, 1987) were an American wife and husband country music songwriting team who were also at the forefront of the evolution of pop music. They are perhaps best known for their song "Rocky Top" and numerous Everly Brothers' hits including "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love".
Boudleaux was born Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant in Shellman, Georgia and was trained as a classical violinist. During the 1937â€“38 season he performed with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra but had more interest in country fiddling and joined a western music band. In 1945 he met Matilda Genevieve Scaduto while performing at a hotel in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and their meeting resulted in a marriage of two future Hall of Fame songwriters.
Felice, as Matilda Genevieve Scaduto's husband affectionately called her, came from an Italian family of music lovers and although she had done some singing, she was a poet at heart with a natural gift for writing songs that - combined with her husband's music expertise - led to them becoming one of the most successful writing teams in modern music.