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The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers were not only among the most important and best early rock & roll stars, but also among the most influential rockers of any era. They set unmatched standards for close, two-part harmonies and infused early rock & roll with some of the best elements of country and pop music. Their legacy was and is felt enormously in all rock acts that employ harmonies as prime features, from the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel to legions of country-rockers as well as roots rockers like Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe (who once recorded an EP of Everlys songs together).

Don (born February 1, 1937) and Phil (born January 19, 1939) were professionals way before their teens, schooled by their accomplished guitarist father Ike, and singing with their family on radio broadcasts in Iowa. In the mid-'50s, they made a brief stab at conventional Nashville country with Columbia. When their single flopped, they were cast adrift for quite a while until they latched onto Cadence. Don invested their first single for the label, "Bye Bye Love," with a Bo Diddley beat that helped lift the song to number two in 1957.

"Bye Bye Love" began a phenomenal three-year string of classic hit singles for Cadence, including "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Bird Dog," "('Til) I Kissed You," and "When Will I Be Loved." The Everlys sang of young love with a heart-rending yearning and compelling melodies. The harmonies owed audible debts to Appalachian country music, but were imbued with a keen modern pop sensibility that made them more accessible without sacrificing any power or beauty. They were not as raw as the wild rockabilly men from Sun Records, but they could rock hard when they wanted. Even their midtempo numbers and ballads were executed with a force missing in the straight country and pop tunes of the era. The duo enjoyed a top-notch support team of producer Archie Bleyer, great Nashville session players like Chet Atkins, and the brilliant songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Don, and occasionally Phil, wrote excellent songs of their own as well.

In 1960, the Everlys left Cadence for a lucrative contract with the then-young Warner Bros. label (though it's not often noted, the Everlys would do a lot to establish Warners as a major force in the record business). It's sometimes been written that the duo never recaptured the magic of their Cadence recordings, but actually Phil and Don peaked both commercially and artistically with their first Warners releases. "Cathy's Clown," their first Warners single, was one of their greatest songs and a number one hit. Their first two Warners LPs, employing a fuller and brasher production than their Cadence work, were not just among their best work, but two of the best rock albums of the early '60s. The hits kept coming for a couple of years, some great ("Walk Right Back," "Temptation"), some displaying a distressing, increasing tendency toward soft pop and maudlin sentiments ("Ebony Eyes," "That's Old Fashioned").

Don and Phil's personal lives came under a lot of stress in the early '60s: they enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserves (together), and studied acting for six months but never made a motion picture. More seriously, Don developed an addiction to speed and almost died of an overdose in late 1962. By that time, their career as chart titans in the U.S. had ended; "That's Old Fashioned" (1962) was their last Top Ten hit. Their albums became careless, erratic affairs, which was all the more frustrating because many of their flop singles of the time were fine, even near-classic efforts that demonstrated they could still deliver the goods.

Virtually alone among first-generation rock & roll superstars, the Everlys stuck with no-nonsense rock & roll and remained determined to keep their sound contemporary, rather than drifting toward soft pop or country like so many others. Although their mid-'60s recordings were largely ignored in America, they contained some of their finest work, including a ferocious Top 40 single in 1964 ("Gone, Gone, Gone"). They remained big stars overseas -- in 1965, "Price of Love" went to number two in the U.K. at the height of the British Invasion. They incorporated jangling Beatle/Byrdesque guitars into some of their songs and recorded a fine album with the Hollies (who were probably more blatantly influenced by the Everlys than any other British band of the time). In the late '60s, they helped pioneer country-rock with the 1968 album Roots, their most sophisticated and unified full-length statement. None of this revived their career as hitmakers, though they could always command huge audiences on international tours and hosted a network TV variety show in 1970.

The decades of enforced professional togetherness finally took their toll on the pair in the early '70s, which saw a few dispirited albums and, finally, an acrimonious breakup in 1973. They spent the next decade performing solo, which only proved -- as is so often the case in close-knit artistic partnerships -- how much each brother needed the other to sound his best. In 1983, enough water had flowed under the bridge for the two to resume performing and recording together. The tours, with a backup band led by guitarist Albert Lee, proved they could still sing well. The records (both live and studio) were fair efforts that, in the final estimation, were not in nearly the same league as their '50s and '60s classics, although Paul McCartney penned a small hit single for them ("On the Wings of a Nightingale"). One of the more successful and dignified reunions in the rock annals, the Everlys continued to perform live, although they didn't release albums together after the late '80s. Phil Everly died on January 3, 2014 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; he was 74 years old. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Too Good To Be True (Unreleased 1950s Recordings)

1. That's Too Good To Be True

2. I Wonder If I Care As Much

4. Maybe Tomorrow

6. Should We Tell Him

8. Since You Broke My Heart

12. Made To Love

15. Dancing On My Feet

17. When Will I Be Loved

18. It's All Over

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Everly Brothers

1. Bye Bye Love

2. Wake Up Little Susie

3. All I Have To Do Is Dream

4. Bird Dog

5. Devoted To You

6. ('Til) I Kissed You

7. Let It Be Me

8. When Will I Be Loved

9. Cathy's Clown

10. Walk Right Back

11. Crying In The Rain

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Track List: All-Time Original Hits

1. Bye Bye Love

2. Wake Up Little Susie

3. All I Have To Do Is Dream

4. Bird Dog

5. Devoted To You

6. Problems

7. Take A Message To Mary

8. ('Till) I Kissed You

9. Let It Be Me

10. When Will I Be Loved

11. Cathy's Clown

12. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)

13. Ebony Eyes

14. Walk Right Back

15. That's Old Fashioned

16. Crying In The Rain

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Track List: Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers On Warner Bros. 1960 To 1969

Disc 1

1. Cathy's Clown

2. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)

3. Walk Right Back

4. Love Hurts

5. Sleepless Nights

6. Nashville Blues

7. Lucille

8. What Kind Of Girl Are You

9. Made To Love

10. Radio And Tv

11. Stick With Me Baby

12. Always It's You

13. Temptation

14. Ebony Eyes

15. Crying In The Rain

16. Don't Blame Me

17. True Love

18. That's Old Fashioned (That's The Way Love Should Be)

19. Nancy's Minuet

20. I'm Not Angry

21. How Can I Meet Her?

22. Burma Shave

23. Muskrat

24. Just One Time

25. Lonely Street

26. Sweet Dreams

Disc 2

1. The Price Of Love

2. Man With Money

3. Love Is Strange

4. Give Me A Sweetheart

5. You're The One I Love

6. You're My Girl

7. Kiss Your Man Goodbye

8. Gone, Gone, Gone

9. Don't Let The Whole World Know

10. Don't Forget To Cry

11. Nothing Matters But You

12. It's All Over

13. Empty Boxes

14. Bowling Green

15. Love Of The Common People

16. (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time

17. I'm Movin' On

18. T For Texas

19. I Wonder If I Care As Much

20. Lord Of The Manor

21. Sing Me Back Home

22. Shady Grove

23. Cuckoo Bird

24. I'm On My Way Home Again

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Track List: Roots

1. Introduction: The Everly Brothers Family (1952)

2. Mama Tried

3. Less Of Me

4. T For Texas

5. I Wonder If I Care As Much

6. Ventura Boulevard

7. Shady Grove (Reissued)

8. Illinois

9. Living To Close To The Ground

10. You Done Me Wrong

11. Turn Around

12. Sing Me Back Home (Remastered)

13. Montage: The Everly Family (1952)/Shady Grove/Kentucky

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Track List: The Everly Brothers Sing

1. Bowling Green

2. A Voice Within

3. I Don't Want To Love You

4. It's All Over

5. Deliver Me

6. Talking To The Flowers

7. Mary Jane

8. I'm Finding It Rough

9. Do You

10. Somebody Help Me

11. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

12. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

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Track List: Songs Our Daddy Taught Us

1. Roving Gambler

2. Down In The Willow Garden

3. Long Time Gone

4. Lightning Express

5. That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine

6. Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet

7. Barbara Allen

8. Oh, So Many Years

9. I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail

10. Rocking Alone (In An Old Rocking Chair)

11. Kentucky

12. Put My Little Shoes Away

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With out your sweet love
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I like you're songs there great
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So stupid!! God wasn't driving. You Idiot!!
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Iloveyourson g g r e a t j o b
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Without your sweet love
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I like it to and the singer to
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Nightmare on Elm street ��
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These brothers where great. Tell me you love me only.
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Let it be me great words. The Everly Brothers
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When music was not washed over
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Love all the sixties songs Great beat Used to jive and dance to all these great songs 50 years ago and now I do spin for 50 minutes in my gym at home Great mix and beat eu
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I miss all the music of the 60 s!and the 70 s!
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I love every song Everly brothers did. I miss the 60 s! And all that great music.
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Perfect Harmony.... Wowww!
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I joined the Marine Corp in Sept 1960. After boot camp I was in the PX and there they were Don and Phil Everly. They had joined the reserves and I was 17 year old with a 4 year hitch. I seen them again in 29 Palms in 1964 just before I got discharged. Great experience I miss Phil. RIP
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My favorite song by them
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I love you and your friends 4G .If you are a few of the most important things to say that the only one that is a good day. 3 I am not sure how to 4G. The first thing you need a new study of 3 .If 22. If the answer to this email address. 7 .If you have to go to bed 4 2. If you 2. If you 2. If you 3d .I will be 20th
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I LOVE SHA NA NA. I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE A REUNION OF ALL THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS.
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I had two older sisters that played their 45s. 50s were a great time to grow up.
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Amen.❤✌❤
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Love their harmonies
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Brothers class act act
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mloner24 I whole-hearte d l y agree with you. I saw them in the 90's and they were still harmonizing.
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These two were the very best duo çoming out of the 'Oldies’ era! They're right up there with the Righteous Brothers.
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mary7661
Such a fabulous sound and great songs from these guys.
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Songs like this encourage all of us to become the persons we are now. Thank you families, writers, producers and Pandora.
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Great overview.
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moonsister22
Funny story. My best friend and I loved rock and roll so much that we decided it was sinful. Along came the Everly Brothers song ,"Bye Bye Love". The feeling it gave us convinced us that indeed R and R was definitely sinful so we vowed never to listen again. In three days we were suffering from R and R withdrawal. I was the first to crack. I ran to the record store and bought the single of Bye Bye Love and listened until the record was almost worn smooth. Such is the power of good music and the
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these guys were part of me growing up as a teenager, living in Germany.
I wanna go back, I wanna go baaaaaaaaack . .....They had some great hits. Thanks Pandora.
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No. Word can say how. How good the oldies are out of this world
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dragonlady60 8 8
These guys bring happy memories
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To hope, and then to, dream ��
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His music is still cherished and I wish I knew his playlist of other artsts.
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I enjoyed the impeccable harmony that the Everly Brothers possessed when they performed their songs. One song in particular, is my favorite - " I'll Do My Crying in the Rain "!!( excuse errors involving capitalizati o n ) I wonder if Pandora carries that song. Tammy Wynette also recorded this song and both renditions were excellent. As Pandora has an excellent repertoire of music, hopefully, they have one or both of the completely different renditions.
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I'm dreaming my life away ⚡️❤️⚡️
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Great song
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awesome
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Valium for your ears
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I love the song All I have to do is Dream
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The ev bros...were grt in thid era!!!
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cartertrev
Terrific harmonies and voices.
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Music from a generation or two before mine, but my goodness. So good. Transcends time!
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Oh what good memories the Everly Bothers bring back��
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BENDICIONES ,.-´+´-., RECORDANDO AQUELLOS AYERES ,.-´+´-., BENITO BARRETO JIMENEZ ,.-´+´-.,
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Love their voices and their harmony
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Unique sound from the past! I just love their music.
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Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream.. Dream, dream, dream....
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Love these guys
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