EBs press, 1980s, Reunion

(Formerly Old Press Articles)

These links to press articles on The Everly Brothers are compiled and organized here for ease of use in Forum. The former thread, Old Press Articles, had become lengthy and cumbersome. It is great we have so much EBs content on the site, but we do try to keep it as easy to use and locate as possible, within the parameters of the site design. Many people contributed these links to the site when the thread was begun in January 2014, and they are to be thanked for their postings.

This thread is for links to articles from the 1980s and the Reunion. Please feel free to add.

Click on the two photos of the Don article below to enlarge for reading.
Last update on June 1, 2:48 pm by Mary.
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There is a reference in this one about Don's smashing a guitar offstage at the 1973 Knotts Berry Farm performance where the Everlys officially split.


February 1988.
Last update on June 15, 3:56 pm by Mary.

On the recording of "EB84."
Last update on June 17, 7:06 am by Mary.

Shenandoah, IA Homecoming Concert, July 1986.

An excerpt from an LA Times article, July 20, 1986:

"Little Susie Wakes Up In Everlyville"


"SHENANDOAH, Iowa — A lot of people spit in Thomas Wolfe's eye a couple of weekends ago when they returned to my hometown. The Everly Brothers, Shenandoah's most famous ex-citizens, were going to give a homecoming concert and the pull was irresistible.

Feeling guilty about calling them hillbilly singers when they performed on Shenandoah's KMA radio in the '40s and early '50s, and having trailed a few years behind the brothers in school, I didn't plan to attend. But the lure of the spectacle and the promise of seeing old friends got the best of me.

Phil and Don would not only do a homecoming concert, they would donate a big hunk of the proceeds to a Shenandoah High School scholarship fund, visit old haunts and kiss their ex-girlfriends. This was enough to make the cornfields steam, and the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel made the most of the news. As columnist Jeri Naven wrote, "One has to soak this for all it's worth because once it's over, we'll all go back to sitting on our front porches, smashing ants with a claw hammer."

On the day of the concert Sheridan Avenue was lined with people waiting to see The Boys ride through town in a parade. Some merchants had been skeptical of the whole affair, fearing an influx of riffraff, but a stern editorial in the Sentinel set them straight. By the time the Everlys sallied forth to do the town, the stores were decked with Welcome Home signs. The most creative shop keepers had raided their closets to re-create the era when the Everlys left Shenandoah for Nashville and released their first hits, "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love." Mae Farmer's Apparel staged the classiest display with mannequins wearing poodle skirts, letter sweaters and bobby socks.

"The Everly Brothers Homecoming Parade" was straight from the '50s too, with floats bearing past SHS homecoming queens and alums dressed 30 years behind the times. Julie Sullivan Briggs blossomed out in the very gown she had worn when she was crowned in 1961.

Shenandoah's retired band director, Robert Creighton, had put out a call for anyone who had ever played in the Shenandoah Marching Band to show up for practice. A handsome Music Man so charismatic that he makes Meredith Willson look like a wimp, Creighton enlisted 80 or so ex-musicians who marched in the parade, playing "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and the Shenandoah High School fight song. They were accompanied by a bevy of baton twirlers and flag wavers--all rumored to be over 40, though I've been assured that one is only 38.

The Boys were bowled over by all the fuss. They received a key to the city, and the Sentinel published a special Everly Brothers Homecoming Edition. Freemont Street, a highway leading into town, was renamed Everly Brothers Avenue. A stone monument engraved in the Everlys' honor was dedicated alongside a monument marking the spot where President Theodore Roosevelt spoke in 1903.

The concert itself--an open-air affair--was a raging success. Sitting on folding chairs and hay bales, the family-style crowd thrilled to the nostalgic program as the singers went all out to please the homefolks. The whole shebang was orchestrated by Bill Hillman, a 32-year-old local entrepreneur who had finally achieved his life's goal of enticing the Everlys back to Shenandoah.

Through it all, Phil and Don were so gracious that most people privately decided they were either very good actors or very glad to be in town. Hillman insists the latter is true. As the pair said in various interviews, Shenandoah was the only real home they ever had. Returning to Iowa gave them a chance to relive their youth as special entertainers and regular kids."
Last update on January 9, 3:05 pm by Mary.

From The Tennessean, Jan. 7, 1988, from the PBS special "Chet Atkins & Friends," 1987, in which Don and Phil perform "Why Worry."
July 6, 1984, The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Last update on August 29, 1:34 pm by Mary.

1984, "The New Yorker" magazine, known for its cartoons.
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