With the very sad news today of the death of Phil Everly, I had to get out my old albums and listen once more to that great, original sound which made the Everly Brothers on of the acts which formed my musical tastes in my early teens. Such clean sounding and harmonious lyrics with a driving beat in Wake up Little Susie matcched anything by the likes of Buddy Holly and Elvis, my other formative favourites from that time.

I have several albums by these guys, although now I hear them via my MP3 player usually, but just this once I took the time to set up my record deck and actually play those vintage, vinyl discs. The memories came flooding back. If you remember the hits, or even if you didn’t, why not catch up a few of the Everlies greatest sounds.

You can read more detail on the sad passing of Phil and a short biography on this report from Sky News.

Bye Bye Love, Claudette, Bird Dog, were part of the early history of Rock and Roll and sealed the Everlies place in the Hall of Fame. Simple backings with lots of beat and wonderful harmonies from the guys provided the sort of original music that the world was crrying out for at that time. It was very much a melding of the music which Elvis was making his own with pure country, and it worked. It became very commercially popular and made them hit makers.

Should We Tell Him, Problems and Let It Be were the other side of the coin; tuneful and melodious with their harmonies turning great songs into real classics. Today is a sad day for music and we should be grateful for a wonderful history to remember these great musicians by.


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Here is a selection of mainly early hits from the Everly Brothers, the sort of music which made them my firm favourites when I was a young teenager. Their album Hits Of The Everly brothers wwa the third album I ever bought with my meagre pocket money. Even then my priority was music.

The first two? Elvis’s Golden Records and Cliff, a live album.

I remember a magic day in 1963, when I saw the duo on stage in Birmingham, UK. One of the supporting acts was a new group called The Rolling Stones who had just had thier first hit – Come On. It was a wonderful show with other acts being:-

The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Julie Grant, Mickie Most, The Flintstones.

Such a great line up. My memory of the running order is a little hazy (I did have a program but sold it on Ebay a couple of years ago) but one thing stands out to this day. Bo Diddley finished his act in the middle of the show and so could not do an encore. The audience were going wild, calling for him to come back on stage and did not seem to be settling down – UNTIL – The Everlies walked on. Wow, the audience immediately switched their allegience and applauded the boys until they were ready to start and then listened, enraptured, to the incredible sounds of The Everly Brothers. A concert which was so memorable because of the talent on display that night, even if I could not remember individual moments, the whole thing was a shattering experience of rythm and blues and rock and roll.

A wonderful musical experience

This was a later hit but sung here on their reunion.

A real Classic

Another calssic from the reunion concert

Great listening

A massive hit for the boys

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  • esmonaco Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
    I do love listening to their music, thanks for the memories here!!
  • KFRaizor Jan 11, 2014 @ 11:29 am
    We had Everly Brothers 45s on the old Candance label when I was a kid, so I grew up with things like "Bye Bye Love" and "Claudette." Along with the Louvin Brothers and the Wilburn Brothers, the Everly Brothers laid the foundation for my love of harmonies.
  • favored1 Jan 06, 2014 @ 12:52 pm
    So sad to hear of this news. I don't remember a lot about them, but did like a few of their songs that have lived on through time.
  • flora-crew Jan 05, 2014 @ 5:25 pm
    I loved the Everley Brothers. I remember my sister had he 45's for those two!
  • Susan52 Jan 05, 2014 @ 1:10 pm
    I still love listening to the Everly Brothers on oldies radio. Love the harmonizing! Lucky you that you got to see them perform live. I heard about Phil Everly last night on the news. Very sad that he's gone, but he certainly won't be forgotten.
  • Mellithorpe Jan 05, 2014 @ 12:32 pm
    Oops, forgot to say Congratulations on LOTD.
  • Mellithorpe Jan 05, 2014 @ 12:31 pm
    So sad. They were a little before my time but I've always said I was born 10 years later than I should have been. Loved all of their songs. Thanks for the memories.
  • Merrci Jan 05, 2014 @ 11:30 am
    Aww, great memories! Enjoyed your review. Thanks for posting it.
  • partybuzz Jan 05, 2014 @ 11:20 am
    Yes, I remember them and had several of their albums. Loved their music.
  • Debs Jan 05, 2014 @ 10:59 am
    I was lucky enough to have heard them at The Colosseum in Rome concert where they accompanied Simon & Garfunkel in 2004...
  • grammieo Jan 05, 2014 @ 8:08 am
    These were the songs we sang, they told a story and they were great! A sad day for sure......
  • tonyleather Jan 05, 2014 @ 7:43 am
    I was just getting a taste for music in the heyday of these\ iconic singers, so they were quite influential in my music choices. A sad loss to the world indeed.