Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant ( 13 February 1920, Skillman, Ga. - 30 June 1987) was an American composer and violinist. He came from a musical family and began the study of violin and piano at age five. During the 1930s, his father formed a family band with Boudleaux and his four sisters and one brother which played at county fairs in the Midwest. In 1937, Bryant moved to Atlanta where he played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and jazz and country music groups. He then played in radio station bands in Detroit and Memphis before joining Hank Penny’s Radio Cowboys in Atlanta. In 1945, he met and married Felice Scaduto, and they began composing together. They went on to become one of the greatest song-writing teams in country and pop music history.
They moved to Nashville to write for Roy Acuff. In 1957, they began writing for the Everly Brothers. They created a string of hits for them, including, Bye Bye Love, and Love Hurts. The Bryants were inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1987, shortly before Boudleaux Bryant’s death in 1987.
Works for Winds
- All I Have to Do is Dream (1970)
- Bird Dog (arr. Leonard) (1958)
- Bye Bye Love
- Rocky Top
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music, "Boudleaux Bryant." Accessed 12 November 2014.