1960年，年仅16岁的纽约布鲁克林“法兰克林”中学学生布赖恩·海兰刚刚加盟Kapp公司，就因主唱《黄色圆点花纹小小的比基尼》一举成名，并登上歌曲排行榜首位。海兰为这家公司还出了一张唱片《Four Little Heels》，进入排行榜第73位。后来他撕毁合同，和ABC派拉蒙唱片公司签了约。录了些不温不火的热门曲如：《Let Me Belong To You》、《Ginny Come Lately》等。1962年夏天，他的一支《Sealed With A Kiss－以吻封缄》到达排行榜的第3位。随后他还为菲力浦和Dot唱片公司录过音。最后进入排行榜第三位的是他1970年加盟Uni 唱片公司后翻唱Impressions演唱组的《Gypsy Woman－吉普赛女郎》。
by Jason Ankeny
Brian Hylands puppy-love pop virtually defined the sound and sensibility of bubblegum during the pre-Beatles era. In the years after his teen idol stature faded, he enjoyed a creative renaissance, releasing a series of underrated country-inspired efforts and even making a brief return to the pop charts. Born November 12, 1943, in Brooklyn, NY, as a child Hyland studied guitar and clarinet while singing in his church choir. At 14 he co-founded a harmony group dubbed the Delfis, which cut a demo they shopped to various New York City record labels. Hyland ultimately signed as a solo artist to Kapp Records, and in late 1959 issued his debut single, Rosemary. For the follow-up, Four Little Heels (The Clickety Clack Song), the label paired him with the Brill Building songwriting duo of Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance, and when the single proved a minor hit, Pockriss and Vance set to work on the follow-up. The resulting Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini topped the Billboard pop charts in the summer of 1960, vaulting the 16-year-old to teen heartthrob status. After a move to ABC Records, Hyland partnered with the songwriting and production tandem of Gary Geld and Peter Udell for the hits Let Me Belong to You and Ill Never Stop Wanting You. With 1962s Sealed with a Kiss, a Top Five entry on both sides of the Atlantic, Hyland sealed his reputation as a paragon of youthful innocence and first-kiss romance, perfectly capturing the adolescent zeitgeist in the months leading up to Beatlemania. With 1962s Top 30 hit Warmed-Over Kisses (Leftover Love), Hyland introduced elements of country music into his sound, an approach he explored on singles including I May Not Live to See Tomorrow and Im Afraid to Go Home and culminating with the 1964 LP Country Meets Folk. While Hylands music clearly anticipated the folk-rock and country-rock that would blossom in the years to follow, he seemed hopelessly out of touch in contrast to the British Invasion acts now dominating pop radio, and his commercial fortunes rapidly dwindled. Hyland nevertheless forged on, teaming with producer Snuff Garrett and famed session men J.J. Cale and Leon Russell to score a pair of surprise Top 30 hits, The Joker Went Wild and Run, Run, Look and See. Subsequent efforts including Get the Message and Holiday for Clowns barely charted, however, and with 1969s Stay and Love Me All Summer, Hyland shifted gears yet again, creating a melancholy yet luminous sunshine pop sound of remarkable maturity. A year later, he resurfaced on the Uni label with a self-titled LP produced by Del Shannon. With Gypsy Woman, a cover of the Impressions 1961 R&B hit, Hyland scored his final Top Five hit, and while his rendition of Jackie Wilsons Lonely Teardrops also proved a minor chart effort, originals like Mail Order Gun (written in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy) failed to earn the attention they deserved. Despite the success of Gypsy Woman, Uni dropped Hyland from its roster and he spent much of the decade without a record deal, instead touring the U.S. and Europe. In 1975, ABCs British division reissued Sealed with a Kiss, and it cracked the U.K. Top Ten. Two years later Hyland and his family settled in New Orleans, and in 1979 the Private Stock label issued In a State of Bayou, which spotlighted his collaboration with the famed Crescent City composer and producer Allen Toussaint. Hyland continued his active touring schedule in the decades to follow, often performing with son Bodi on drums.