A review by Peter Viney of some of Phi Everly's solo work


"RIP, Phil Everly. Phil’s solo material is worth looking at in its own right. Star Spangled Springer was his 1973 solo album on RCA and it is hailed as a lost classic. Produced by Duane Eddy, arrangements by Warren Zevon who also played keyboards and guitar, James Burton and Duane Eddy on guitars, Buddy Emmons on steel guitar, the great Earl Palmer on drums..."

"...'Snowflake Bombardier' is a change in style and pace for Phil. He may want to be a snowflake bombardier whatever that is, but it’s a narrative song. Another on the album with ‘interesting’ lyrics is 'Poisonberry Pie'..."

"...'It’s True' was written with Warren Zevon and so you expect it to be different, in this case a touch of European café torch song. More Leonard Cohen than Everly Brothers!...

"...Phil then placed songs in two Clint Eastwood movies Every Which Way But Loose and Every Which Way You Can. He duetted with Sondra Locke on 'Don’t Say You Don’t Love Me No More' which is on the OST album. It is a little overwrought for a film abut a man and a pet orangutan, but it does point the way forward to the two stunning male/female Everly Brothers tribute albums in 2013: Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy on What The Brothers Sang and Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones on Foreverly...."

"...After appearing with Cliff Richard on British TV, Phil came to England to make Phil Everly for Capitol. The first single, 'Louise', was a minor British hit, then the opening track, 'She Means Nothing To Me', was a duet with Cliff Richard, and was a #9 hit in the UK in 1983. The album also reprised 'God Bless Older Ladies'. The album featured Mark Knopfler on guitar, and Pete Wingfield on keys, who was to lead the band when The Everly Brothers reunited a year later. Chrstine McVie sang with him on 'When I’m Dead And Gone', which I think is inappropriate in the circumstances (otherwise it was a contender). 'Sweet Pretender' was another standout track..."

SEGUE (segway) from #811

•This was Phil’s first solo album after the Everly Brothers split in 1973 .•Produced by Duane Eddy with arrangements by Warren Zevon, the album features original compositions by Phil Everly and Terry Slater, apart from ‘The Air That I Breathe’ which the Hollies turned into an International hit .•Digitally remastered //

1.The Air That I Breathe
2.Sweet Grass Country
3.God Bless Older Ladies (For They Made Rock & Roll)
4.It Pleases Me To Please You
5.Lady Anne
6.Red, White And Blue
7.Our Song
8.Poisonberry Pie
9.La Divorce
10.Snowflake Bombardier
John Guerin, Earl Palmer - drums
Phil Everly - guitar, vocals
Duane Eddy - guitar, producer
Sam McCue - guitar, pedal steel guitar, keyboards
Warren Zevon - guitar, keyboards, arranger
Dean Parks, Donnie Lanier, James Burton, Richard Bennett, Neil Levang - guitar
Jay Dee Maness, Buddy Emmons - pedal steel guitar
James R. Horn - flute, piccolo, saxophone
Victor Feldman - percussion
Reinie Press, Lyle Ritz - bass

Complete album recording:

Last update on February 4, 8:49 pm by Gloria Solis.
This is a lovely story/memory from an Everly fan and how Phil impressed him.

What a super-nice guy. Met him three times and the last time I was standing right next to him, he had his guitar strapped on ready to go on stage with Don and we talked for about a minute....we both liked re-furbished old cars....of which he had some. He would have been one heck of a next-door neighbor, one of the guys to hang around with. Friendly, polite, humorous, bright...........but, born with incredible talent, destined to go onto the world's stage, so he would have moved out of the neighborhood to go onto stardom. Yeah, miss him. Life is short, anyway. He left his legacy in his music for us 'down here.' Thanks ol' bud. You would not have remembered me, but I remember backstage on The Steel Pier in Atlantic City back in those Summer days, The Valley Forge Music Fair nights and The Dell in the Park in Philadelphia. Also, saw you outside of The Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Locust Street late one winter day.

Valley Forge Music Fair
Last update on February 5, 6:33 pm by Chris.
This type of tribute for Phil Everly has appeared each year, since 2014, but often is found online several weeks later:

"Remembering Phil Everly on the 4th Anniversary of his death"
By Lori Macatee Washington Last updated on January 3, 2018

"It has been exactly 4 long years since Everly Brothers singer Phil Everly died in Burbank on January 3, 2014 at the age of 74. As a number of online tributes attest, he was one of the most acclaimed singers of his generation.

Today, fans of Phil Everly along with the rest of the music world have been remembering the iconic man he was.

Everly, a cultural icon, was born Phillip Everly in Chicago on January 19, 1939. His career spanned an arc over many different eras and tastes in American history.

Everly was not just a great singer, he was an icon, an all-around inspiration to everyone.

His legacy continues to grow as new generations of fans are discovering his unique musical heritage.

It's been 4 years since the tragic loss of Phil Everly, and his personality still resonates strongly within us all.

Although Phil Everly is no longer physically here, his presence is more powerful than ever. He left a void that has yet to be filled.

In memory of the Late Great Phil Everly."

Last update on February 6, 6:13 pm by Gloria Solis.
A DETAILED LIST from the article by Peter Viney,
"A review by Peter Viney of some of Phi Everly's solo work" in #811


"Don't Say You Don't
Love Me No More" Every Which Way But Loose OST

"God Bless Older Ladies" Star Spangled Springer

"Invisible Man" There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby

"It's True" There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby

"Louise" Phil Everly

"Patiently" Mystic Line

"She Means Nothing To Me" Phil Everly

"Sweet Southern Love" Rare Solo Classics CD

"The Air That I Breathe" Star Spangled Springer

Last update on February 6, 9:15 pm by Gloria Solis.
Quote from #813, wonderful memoir of a very fortunate fan:

Phil Everly is described as..."Friendly, polite, humorous, bright...........but, born with incredible talent, destined to go onto the world's stage..."

It echoes another memory of Phil:

"One of the kindest, gentlest souls to ever grace the planet. Generous to a fault and he loved to laugh. Miss you terribly, mi amigo." Sam McCue

Read interview with Sam McCue, entitled, "Milwaukee musician Sam McCue remembers days playing with Phil Everly":
Last update on February 7, 11:44 pm by Gloria Solis.
Phil Everly singing "Bowling Green" on The David Frost Show c. 1968

Explanation by poster, sthom3521,

"I recorded this from TV as a kid on a little Valiant tape recorder 46 years ago. After a little service, this old Aiwa recorder (Ebay acquisition) seems to play the tape OK; Phil sounded great.
This version of his song on the show stuck with me for years, and I was determined to play this tape again. R.I.P., and my tribute to Phil Everly
." Published on Jan 10, 2014


Last update on February 8, 7:18 pm by Gloria Solis.
Very short clip as a tribute to Phil Everly from Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys


"My heart is so incredibly saddened by the passing of Phil Everly. The Everly Bros music was a huge inspiration for me growing up. As brothers, those harmonies just sound so sweet and tender, I think it's a family thing. I could never get enough of their voices. Love and Mercy to his family, friends and devoted fans."
– Brian (Brian Wilson)

Refer to Forum thread, EB APPEARANCES... Page 4, #54, #55, #57 for videos of The Everly Brothers with The Beach Boys.

Last update on February 10, 7:27 pm by Gloria Solis.
There are still condolences being found for Phil, this is the first time I have read this one from Brian.

The Everly Brothers must have come into contact with the Beach Boys numerous times.
Brian Wilson and Phil Everly did have another unique experience in the re-recording of "In My Room", originally done by the Righteous Brothers:

Bill Medley commenting on the making of "In My Room":

There's a world where I can go and tell my secrets to
In my room, in my room
In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears
In my room, in my room

Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday

Now it's dark and I'm alone
But I won't be afraid
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room


Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys - sound check for "In My Room":

Audio Recording of "In My Room" with the three harmonizers ~ Bill, Brian and Phil:

Alternative audio for those who may not be able to use the above link:

(Both can also be found in the VIDEOS section of this website.)

Wow what a find Gloria, I also wish we could find Phil, Brian and Bill singing the song live or even a rehearsal.Smile

A fantastic posting Gloria.
I forgot to say the photo of Phil in profile in #820 is.......fabulous.
The HARMONIZING groups, whose members - Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, and Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers together recorded the song, "In My Room" as featured in #818 and #819.

Record covers spotlighting these three groups early in their stellar careers.

Last update on February 11, 8:11 pm by Gloria Solis.
Prompted by the passing of Phil Everly on January 3, 2014 many articles appeared reflecting the mystique of vocal harmony, especially as uniquely identified with The Everly Brothers' signature sound!

EXCERPT from Shot In The Dark, article, "Harmony", posted on January 6, 2014 by Mitch Berg :

"With the Everly Brothers, vocal harmony was an artistic element in its own right, a color in a palette that brought feeling – joy, pain, thrill, gloom – in its own right, in a way that no single voice could."

"When was the last time you saw a live, electric band not only try to do tight, two and three-part harmony live on stage, but pull it off without breaking a sweat? "

Link: http://www.shotinthedark.info/wp/?p=40977

EXCERPT from the USA Today article, "Phil Everly lent perfect pitch to brothers' harmonies", by Jerry Shriver and Maria Puente, USA TODAY Published 10:13 p.m. ET Jan. 3, 2014 | Updated 9:21 p.m. ET Jan. 4, 2014:

"Don usually sang the baritone notes...while Phil handled the higher range, their voices intertwining organically, almost supernaturally, on classics such as Cathy's Clown, Wake Up Little Susie, Crying in the Rain, Bye Bye Love, All I Have to Do Is Dream, Walk Right Back and Claudette."
Link to complete article: /www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/01/03/phil-everly-of-the-everly-brothers-has-died-reports-say/4313425/

EXCERPT from The Telegraph article, "The Everly Brothers: 'Two voices in seamless harmony whose musical influence was immeasurable'" by By Neil McCormick 12:13PM GMT 04 Jan 2014 :

"Perhaps the saddest thing about Phil Everly’s death is knowing his voice will never align with his brother Don’s again. The Everlys were the essence of harmony, the most human and potent of all musical techniques, two voices singing complementary melodies so perfectly joined in rhythm, phrasing, nuance and tone that they blend seamlessly into a new melody, almost as if the two voices don’t so much become one as three. It is, at its best, something supernatural. And the Everlys were the best."
Link to complete article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpo...

EXCERPT from Variety, "Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers dead at 74...Vocal duo's blend of country and rock 'n' roll influenced Bob Dylan, Beatles, Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel", by By Chris Morris @CeeMo100, Chris Morris - Music Reporter:

"Everly, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his brother in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, mastered the art of close harmony singing in his family’s country group as a child. With his brother, he recorded a string of unforgettable ballads and rockers for the Cadence and Warner Bros. labels in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. The list includes such enduring hits as “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “When Will I Be Loved” (written by Phil Everly) and “Cathy’s Clown.”
Link to complete article: http://variety.com/2014/music/news/phil-everly-of-...

COMMENTS on article:

"I was the CEO of Athena Artists and we were honored to represent Phil Everly in the 70’s.
When I signed Phil we sat in his living room in a modest home in the Valley. I found him to be uncommonly humble and a very gentle man.
The first concert we booked for him was an outdoor event in Boulder, CO. I did not know what to expect as there was little heard from Phil since his break-up with his brother. We, and more importantly the audience, were blown away – he never lost his musicality.
Surely he and his brother Don helped change and elevate the music of their time and is still influencing people of today. Phil made a difference."
Chet Hanson JANUARY 4, 2014 AT 7:22

"When Simon & Garfunkel reunited in 2003, they featured the Everly Brothers as a special guest on their tour.
I saw the show at the Palace Of Auburn Hills, near Detroit.
It was a total shock to the crowd when they were introduced, as NOBODY had the faintest idea that Don & Phil were waiting in the wings to perform 2 songs together, and, one song with S&G.
The Palace Of Auburn Hills, MI went ballistic in its appreciation.
It was like putting a cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae."
ob Adams, Jr. JANUARY 4, 2014 AT 1:59 AM

Everly Brothers with enchanting harmony singing live "All I Have To Do Is Dream" from the Reunion Concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DdEAapb8MM

EXCERPT from article, "Eternal harmony" from Global Times, Source:Reuters Published: 2014-1-5 18:33:01. Link - http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/835828.shtml:

PHIL EVERLY stated:"Harmony singing requires that you enlarge yourself, not use any kind of suppression. Harmony is the ultimate love."

Last update on February 13, 5:41 pm by Gloria Solis.

"I'll Mend Your Broken Heart" with Cliff Richard

"Let It Be Me" with Cilla Black

"My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" with Dean Reed

@3:30 Medley ("When Will I Be Loved"/Wake Up Little Susie"/All I Have To Do Is Dream") with Dionne Warwick

"Dreamer" with Johnny Rivers

"Let It Be Me" with Stephanie Lawrence

"On Top of the World" with Rene Shuman

"It's Just Another Morning" with Nanci Griffith

@5:38 "Bye Bye Love" with John Davidson

@ 44:12 premier of "Dare To Dream Again: with Emmylou Harris

"Rave On" with son, Jason

"Blues Stay Away From Me" with son, Christopher

"Words In Your Eyes"

"a very wistful, heart wrenching song performed as only Phil can", harmonizing with his own voice

Last update on February 14, 5:03 pm by Gloria Solis.
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