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"Ebony Eyes"
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Single by The Everly Brothers
B-side" Walk Right Back"
ReleasedJanuary 1961
RecordedNovember 1, 1960
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) John D. Loudermilk
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
" So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)"
"Ebony Eyes"
" Temptation"

"Ebony Eyes" is a song written by John D. Loudermilk, recorded in 1961 by The Everly Brothers, and released as a single together with " Walk Right Back", which reached No. 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. [1] The lyrics tell a young man's tragic story of losing his beloved fiancée in an airplane crash in dark, stormy weather conditions, conditions which remind him of his fiancée's "ebony eyes".

The single, a double A-side in the UK, reached No.1 in the UK Singles Chart on 2 March 1961 for 3 weeks [2] and was the ninth best-selling single of the calendar year 1961 in the U.K. [3] "Ebony Eyes" was initially banned by the BBC from airplay in the U.K. as its lyrics were considered too upsetting to play on the radio. [1]


  1. ^ a b Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 56. ISBN  0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ "Official [U.K.] Singles Chart Top 50: 02 March-08 March 1961". The Official U.K. Charts Company. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  3. ^ "The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1961 [in the U.K.]". Retrieved 3 April 2017.