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"Devoted to You"
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album The Best of The Everly Brothers
A-side"Bird Dog"
ReleasedJuly 28, 1958
Format7" single
RecordedJuly 10, 1958, Nashville
Length2:25
LabelCadence 1350
Songwriter(s)Felice Bryant (lyrics)
Boudleaux Bryant (music)
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"All I Have to Do Is Dream" / "Claudette"
(1958)
"Bird Dog" / "Devoted to You"
(1958)
"Problems" / "Love of My Life"
(1958)
"Devoted to You"
Single by Carly Simon and James Taylor
from the album Boys in the Trees
B-side"Boys in the Trees"
Released1978
GenreSoft rock
Length2:29
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)Felice Bryant
Boudleaux Bryant
Producer(s)Arif Mardin
Carly Simon singles chronology
"You Belong to Me"
(1978)
"Devoted to You'"
(1978)
"Vengeance"
(1979)
James Taylor singles chronology
"Honey Don't Leave L.A."
(1978)
"Devoted to You'"
(1978)
"Up on the Roof"
(1979)
"Devoted to You"
Single by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
from the album Beach Boys' Party!
A-side"Gettin' Hungry"
ReleasedNovember 8, 1965 (album)
August 28, 1967 (single)
FormatVinyl
RecordedSeptember 16, 1965
GenreAcoustic
Length2:13
LabelCapitol Records
Songwriter(s)Felice Bryant
Boudleaux Bryant
Producer(s)The Beach Boys
Brian Wilson singles chronology
"Caroline, No"
(1966)
"Devoted to You"
(1965)
"Let's Go to Heaven in My Car"
(1988)
Mike Love singles chronology
"Gettin' Hungry"
(1967)
"Lookin' Back with Love"
(1981)

"Devoted to You" is a song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.

The best-known recording was by The Everly Brothers,[1] released by Cadence Records as catalog number 1350. This version was issued as the flip side of "Bird Dog," but reached the charts on its own, at No. 10 on the United States pop charts, No. 25 in Australia, and No. 1 in Canada. In addition, the song reached No. 7 on the United States country music chart and No. 2 on the rhythm and blues chart.

Charts

Chart (1958) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 10
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 7
US Rhythm & Blues Records (Billboard)[3] 2

Carly Simon and James Taylor version

The song was also recorded by American singer-songwriters Carly Simon and James Taylor, appearing on Simon's 1978 album, Boys in the Trees. Following the smash success of the album's first single "You Belong to Me", Devoted to You was released as the second single, and it also became a Top 40 hit. Charting on both the Billboard Pop singles chart and Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, as well as the Hot Country Songs chart. The song also charted in Canada, peaking at No. 50.[4]

Personnel

Chart (1978)[5] Peak
position
Canada (RPM Charts) 9
US Billboard Pop Singles (Hot 100) 36
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[6] 2
US Billboard Country Songs 33


Cover versions

The Beach Boys' rendition was a part of their 1965 album Beach Boys' Party!, sung by Mike Love and Brian Wilson. This version was later included as the B-side to the Mike Love and Brian Wilson single, "Gettin' Hungry". A recording without the Party! sound effects can be found on their Hawthorne, CA compilation.

Brian Hyland covered the song for his 1964 album Here's to Our Love. Sandy Posey recorded a compelling cover on her Sweet Dreams album, in which she emulated the Everly Brothers' harmony using multi-track recording. The song was also covered by The Seekers on their 1993 live album 25 Year Reunion Celebration, and by Linda Ronstadt and Valerie Carter on Ronstadt's 1996 album Dedicated to the One I Love.

References

  1. ^ Everly Brothers interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ "The Everly Brothers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  3. ^ a b The Everly Brothers Awards History at AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Archived from the original on 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
  5. ^ "Boys in the Trees > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 237.
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