The EBs' childhood

This is the photo that was sold by Don (when he had his Little Donnie Show at KMA). He shared the profits with Baby Boy Phil. So sweet.

Phil and Don, with country music star Lefty Frizzell, in Iowa.

I read this comment from Albert Lee on social media:

"Don was a huge fan of Lefty. Ike once called Don on the phone pretending to be him and offering Don a job!"


"That's the one part where being brothers makes a difference. It's just instinct. That's the charm of what the Everly Brothers are: two guys singing as one."
- Don Everly
Last update on December 3, 10:26 pm by Mary.

Don, 1952, playing in The Shenanigans, Shenandoah, IA, shortly before the Everly family moved from Iowa.
Last update on December 6, 3:53 pm by Mary.

Shenandoah's Bill Hillman's video presentation for the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association's "Phil & Don Home Again!" Learn about The EBs' formative years in Shenandoah, their historic 1986 homecoming concert, and The Everly Brothers Childhood Home restoration project.

From the Association's Facebook page:

"We had a full house for both sessions of our "Phil & Don Home Again! Special Presentation and Exhibit" at the Clear Lake (IA) Arts Center on Saturday! Winter Dance Party attendees from across the US as well as Canada, England and Australia came out to show their support for IRRMA and the Everly Brothers Childhood Home restoration project."

Also from the association's site:

Last update on February 10, 6:29 pm by Mary.

Don and Phil manning a childhood lemonade stand, from Bill Hillman's presentation on The EBs and Shenandoah.

A video of old footage (no audio) of Shenandoah, IA in 1939, six years before the Everly family moved there from Chicago for a slower, small-town life for young Don and Phil.
Last update on June 1, 8:46 pm by Mary.
A homey Youtube clip of a visit to The Everly Brothers' Childhood Home. The EBs/Shenandoah content begins at the 1:35 mark.
Last update on February 13, 3:28 pm by Mary.

KMA Guide, December 1945. The Everly family had just moved to Shenandoah and Ike had begun his job at KMA. In December 1945 Don was 8 and Phil 6, the ages they first began singing/telling jokes as boys on KMA.

"From a radio kiddies party to radio and music stars. In the back row of this group photo featured on the KMA, Shenandoah, Iowa, magazine we see Phillip and Donald Everly... later known simply as The Everly Brothers." (In matching striped shirts!)

Don with Clare Horning Jr. and The Shenanigan, December 1952. The Shenanigans was a band in Shenandoah of which teenage Don was a member, shortly before the Everly family moved from Iowa.
Last update on March 10, 8:43 pm by Mary.

Green River, Kentucky.

The Green River Valley Boys: Phil, Billy Harlan, Tommy Payne, Don. 1949, most likely in Kentucky. Billy Harlan lived in Kentucky and was a childhood friend of Don and Phil from the Everly family's trips back to KY to see relatives. Plus, The EBs would go on to sing about "Green River," the Green River in Kentucky.

This last photo of Phil from the band is a new one.
Last update on March 10, 8:33 pm by Mary.

Don's song, "Thou Shalt Not Steal," written when he was 16, and subsequently sold to and recorded by Kitty Wells.

The EBs' childhood home during renovation, Shenandoah, IA.

Last update on June 1, 9:10 pm by Mary.
When I look at the size of the Everly family's house (and I recall the two houses I lived in before our family moved to the country; it was small also but it had an upstairs and a huge attic), it looks very much like a doll house that now could be in the backyard of a mansion. Something for kids to play in and have fun. I love going back to your "roots." We do that on every trip my family takes throughout the area of Texas where we grew up. It is interesting to see changes and it brings back a lot of nostalgia...some of it very sad but most of it very good memories.
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