The woman behind The Everly Brothers' rock 'n' roll classics WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE and BYE BYE LOVE and bluegrass standard ROCKY TOP has died, aged 77.

Poet FELICE BRYANT died at her home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, America after being diagnosed with cancer.

Together with her husband BOUDLEAUX BRYANT, who died in 1987, the songwriter penned more than 800 hits, recorded by over 500 acts. The couple's tunes have amassed 500 million in sales.

Among those who recorded songs by the Bryants were Roy Orbison, SARAH VAUGHAN and Elvis Presley.

Their first success was COUNTRY BOY, which was a hit for LITLLE JIMMY DICKENS, a recent host of the GRAND OLE OPRY, in 1948.

Felice and Boudleaux were inducted to the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME and the NATIONAL SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME in 1986.

23/04/2003 09:26