Reporter Herald: Trivially Speaking: ‘Country Boy’ started Bryants’ songwriting career

Operating under the guise of our motto here at “Trivially Speaking” — Educate, Inform, Entertain (or best two out of three) — here is a cultural awareness quiz.

Do you recognize the name, Felice Scaduto? No, what about Boudleaux Bryant? She became Felice Bryant at age 19.

Boudleaux and Felice Bryant collaborated to become one of the most prolific and successful songwriting teams of the 1950s (and all-time). But that’s getting ahead of the story — I am listening to several of their hits they wrote for the Everly Brothers as I type.

Boudleaux was born into a musical family and learned classical violin and piano from age 5.

He played with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra when he was 19 but he had more interest in country fiddling so joined Hank Penny and his Radio Cowboys.

His group performed at a hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1945 where he met Matilda Genevieve Scaduto (he called her Felice).


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