This song, which sold over a million copies, was written by Boudleaux Bryant, who was half of the world famous husband-and-wife songwriting team, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Together, this talented couple penned many huge hits for the Everly Brothers and other artists, including "Bye, Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bird Dog," "Devoted to You," "Hey Joe," "Love Hurts," "Raining In My Heart," and "Rocky Top."
Phil Everly (from everlybrothers.com): "I remember hearing 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' on an acetate with Boudleaux's version on it, and I said, at the time, they could have put Boudleaux's out and it would have been a hit. It's just a great, great song. It's beautiful. Boudleaux was the main man who wrote all the great songs for us, and we love him."
Chet Atkins played tremolo-style guitar chords on the song, providing an interesting musical backing to the Everly Brothers' unique vocal harmonies.
Boudleaux Bryant said regarding the phrase "Only trouble is, gee whiz": "I can't explain why I put that in there. It was just a lucky rhyme fall."
The song reached the US charts in four straight decades:
The Everly Brothers took it to #1 in 1958.
Richard Chamberlain's version went to #4 in 1963.
Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry reached #27 with it in 1970 and The Nitty Gritty Band landed at #66 in 1975.
Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal peaked at #51 in 1981.
According to Billboard magazine, the song took just 15 minutes to write.
Boudleaux was literally the man of Felice's dreams. When she first met him, Boudleaux was playing a gig with his jazz band at the Sherwood Hotel in Milwaukee, where Felice was working as an elevator operator. But she saw him years earlier - in a dream when she was 8 years old. She told Country Music People in 1981: "When I was eight years old, I dreamt of this man. He and I were dancing to 'our song,' and I remembered this man's face. So when I saw Boudleaux I recognized him! I don't know if you can call it love at first sight or 'My god, you friend, I was wondering when you'd come along.' But I just clung on to him. He didn't know who the hell I was, but somehow I knew who he was."
Phil Everly passed away January 03, 2014
Don Everly passed away August 27, 2021