EB Appearances @ CLUBS (night clubs, supper clubs, etc.)

How fascinating, not to mention musically historical!!! [See QUOTE #16]



Question: Is there any recording of this event?
Last update on January 21, 7:08 pm by Gloria Solis.
Maybe the Everly Brothers are actually on the album "Motown 654" it was a live album which the Four Tops made, I suppose it is a possibility that the EB's were in with the rest of the group (Supremes and Marvin Gaye) and joined in for the live album.
Last update on June 29, 2:36 pm by Chris.
Looking again at the comments 16-18# regarding the live album that was recorded at the "Roostertail" I checked the "Motown 654" album and it is all the Four Tops singing their own songs on the album, I, and then Gloria did wonder if everyone in the club that day the live recording was done could have possibly sung on the album, sadly no, no Everly Brothers on that album. Here is a photo of the cover.

Sadly there is only one member of the Four Tops still alive, he is 2nd on the left in the mackintosh.
Last update on June 29, 2:36 pm by Chris.

April 1967, The EBs appearing at Someplace Else, Robbinsdale, MN, near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

From the venue's link: "The Everly Brothers, April 3 – 9 (two 3 hour shows nightly). Annette says that Phil and Don couldn’t have been nicer, and hung out with the customers between shows."

At The Palomino, April 1972.
More photos of Phil at the Palomino - see #6 to #11

If Kate was still on site she would love these photos of Phil!! Smile

Last update on June 29, 2:35 pm by Chris.
Great photos of Phil at the Palamino Chris, and very to have all the various photos and info about appearances on a thread. Great job of fact finding and organization too. Lots of time and effort as well, thank you.
One more of Phil at the Palomino references to #6 to #11 and #21

The Palomino Club: North Hollywood's Grand Ole Opry West

The Palomino makes an appearance in the film "Every Which Way But Loose" from 1978

There is nothing aesthetically pleasing about this stretch of Lankershim Boulevard in the wilds of the San Fernando Valley. I pass prop houses, liquor stores, auto body shops, and an alleyway filled with industrial trash and a discarded bathroom sink. The electrical towers of the phantom Whitnall Highway loom in the near distance, and tired men in cowboy hats amble by, their hands covered in oil and dirt. The low, yellow stucco building I am here to see looks almost abandoned, though an ill kept sign announces it is the "Le Monge Banquet Hall" and is available for rentals.

From 1949 to 1996, this building had the façade of an Old West corral and a neon bucking bronco sign outside the door. It was home to the Palomino Club. Known as "the Pal" to the legions of musicians and regulars who considered it a second home, it hosted many artists that have personally meant a great deal to me and millions of others. Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Glenn Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, and Waylon Jennings all sang here, throwing back whiskey while they performed some of the most poignant songs of the 20th Century on the dusty Pal stage. They sang for truckers, industry execs, working class wannabes, and waitresses in tight Palomino issued t-shirts.

Beauty can be created in the most unexpected of places.

6907 Lankershim Boulevard today | Photo: Hadley Meares

The Wildest Time You Ever Saw

All these people would come over and we'd have the wildest times you ever saw. We'd start on Friday night and into Monday and have three day wild parties. In those days, everybody just wanted to have a good time. --Tommy Thomas

Before stretches of it became oddly hip and gentrified by struggling-but not destitute- actors, North Hollywood was primarily known as a rough and rowdy town. It was populated mostly by so-called "s***-kickers" -- the displaced cowboys, stunt men, and rodeo riders who worked in the plethora of Westerns that Hollywood cranked out during the '30s and '40s. These men liked to drink, and one of their favourite saloons was a place called the Mulekick Club at 6907 Lankershim Boulevard. By 1949 it had closed. That year, a country western radio star named Hank Penny drove by the deserted club. Hank had come to Los Angeles to be part of the early television variety show juggernaut, and was looking to expand into the club business. According to the Los Angeles Times, Penny:

... drove past the old Mulekick Club and peered inside. He saw an abandoned wreck of broken glass, battered stools and tables set ghost-like around a filthy bandstand. The North Hollywood club 'looked like death warmed over'...

'Today There's Less Bounce to the Ounce'' Tiny, The Palomino's bouncer | Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1976

He bought the old wreck with a business partner and the two set about scrubbing and refurbishing the space. Legend has it the saloon got its new name when an old stuntman rode his magnificent Palomino horse up to the bar, hitched it to a post outside and came in to get a drink. The Palomino soon became a jam spot for many of Penny's musician friends in the world of country and jazz. But Penny's burgeoning career made running a club difficult, and in 1952 he sold it to two recent Indiana transplants, brothers Tommy and Billy Thomas.

The brothers were exceptionally close, young, savvy and wild, and the atmosphere of the club reflected their tight familial bond. The rustic, barn-like Pal was open seven days a week, with a happy hour in the morning for musicians and night shift folks. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were served, and musicians warmed up on stage in front of regulars drinking at the long bar. The customers were a rough, masculine bunch who liked unhip, "hick" music. Tiny, the ironically named 300+ pound bouncer remembered that during the early years, "I'd come to work here each night knowing I'd be in a fight with some s*** kicker. And if I lost the fight, the guy would get my job." The hardscrabble country western singers who performed at the club were just as wild. One drunkenly rode a horse up on stage. Tiny would brace himself whenever two others -- Bobby Bare and Gordon Terry -- started drinking together, because they would always end up fighting. According to Tommy, the headliners were just as wild:

The first time Jerry Lee Lewis played here a few people were complaining because he was playing real loud. I didn't know much about him then, so I went up and asked 'Hey Jerry, do you think you could keep it down a little?' He got up, kicked the piano bench over and then pushed the piano off the stage. I went back to those people and said 'What'd you tell me to say that for? Now you've got him mad.

Lewis replaced the piano and soon became one of the Pal's most beloved regulars. Everyone was equal at the Pal and it was filled with love -- cowboy style. Tommy Thomas would walk by an act and tell them "you bombed," and then take a waitress' toddler son and place him on the billiards table while he taught him to play. The dressing rooms and green rooms were usually open to the public, and acts like the Everly Brothers and Buddy Knox would drink with regulars long after closing time. In 1959, the club's booking power greatly increased when the prestigious Riverside Rancho in Los Feliz closed down, leaving the Palomino as the premier stop on the West Coast for country western acts. As one member of the house band remembered, "I would take a shower at five and get to the Club as early as possible... I was so excited to get to work."

A live album was released in 1969 by Red Rhodes & The Detours, The Palomino's house band

Willie, Waylon and the Boys

People would ask 'what is the secret to your success?' I said, 'real simple. We had all the acts that nobody wanted. No one wanted Marty Robbins, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and on and on. So we had it made. For years and years, we had all these entertainers to ourselves. It was like a private goldmine. --Tommy Thomas

I remember when some guy in the crowd was giving Johnny Cash trouble. Johnny invited him to come up on stage and settle it right there. As the guy was stepping up, Johnny hit him over the head with his guitar. --Tiny, the Bouncer

The early '60s ushered in the golden days of the Palomino. Now legendary acts like Willie Nelson could be booked for as little as $400. The Pal became a popular place for live radio broadcasts and benefits aiding ailing musicians. At the Thursday night open mic competitions, singers, including a young Linda Ronstadt, honed their skills. One night George Jones joined the competition as a laugh, under a different name. By the late '60s the club had already become a legend and one of the main scenes for the country-rock music that would soon become so popular. Sometimes tension would flare up, however, between the old "s***-kicker" crowd and the new breed of long-haired cosmic cowboys. When the massively influential Gram Parsons played at the Pal in '69 with his band the Flying Burrito Brothers, he expressed a desire for "the people at the Whisky and the truck drivers at the Palomino to get together and talk to each other and understand each other." 9 Years later, he recalled how music had a way of keeping peace:

The first couple of times I played at the Palomino I nearly got killed [...] There I was in my satin bell-bottoms, and the people couldn't believe it. I got up on stage and sang, and when I got off a guy said to me, 'I want you to meet my three brothers. We were gonna kick your ass, but you can sing real good, so we'll buy you a beer instead.' Thank God I got up on that stage.

In the '70s the Palomino reached its peak of homey glamour. The Pal expanded its capacity to over 400, and more and more pictures of famous alumni lined the scuffed walls. Every night, emcee Harry Newman would yell "It's ssssshhhow time at the Palomino!" and the fun would begin. One night you might see Waylon Jennings joined on stage by Kris Kristofferson to sing "Me and Bobby McGee," while Phil Spector and Rita Coolidge looked on. Another night, Linda Ronstadt, still shocked that anyone would pay a $3 cover to see her, raced on stage "wearing a tight red sweater, sequined blue jean hotpants and asked the waitress to bring a supply of tequila for her and the band." She was so talented and attractive that even "the eyes of the 3-foot high Johnny Cash poster seemed to shift in her direction."

Four years later, it was a massively successful Ronstadt who joined Emmylou Harris on the Pal stage as Joni Mitchell looked on, leading the applause after a set that many considered Harris' breakthrough performance. There were BBQ music brunches on Sundays where the children of employees and musicians would race around the dance floor as local bands played. Movie stars and record executives hung out in the "celebrity room" and novelty events like the country singing debut of QB Terry Bradshaw brought out the mainstream press. Several movies were shot there. Tiny claimed the club, like country, had polished and cleaned up its act, even though he had to take a few days off when an irate customer shot an arrow four inches into his back.

The Palomino during its heyday

Whole World's Gone Country

Then 'Urban Cowboy' came out, and everybody went country. The country acts were stretched so thin that for months there wasn't a country act in L.A. It was rarer than gold. --Tommy Thomas

Ironically, it was the success of many of the acts the Thomas brothers had nurtured that would prove the Pal's undoing. Billy Thomas died of a heart attack in 1978. Tommy's wife Sherry (who he met at the Pal) became a full partner. But times were changing. Acts that the Pal used to book for $200 were now packing arenas. The Pal opened the club up, hosting non-country acts like Elton John and Elvis Costello, and local rockabilly and surf bands. By the time Tommy died of a heart attack in 1985, the club was turning increasingly to party rentals and political (mostly Republican) fundraisers for revenue.

Sherry took control of the Pal after Tommy's death. From 1988 to 1995, the legendary Ronnie Macks Barn Dance, which featured California roots singers like Lucinda Williams, called the Pal home. But in 1995, age, location, and changing times finally caught up with the venerable old horse. The Pal closed and became an abandoned, ramshackle shell once again. It was claimed that for several years, until the Le Monge took it over, squatters and drug addicts inhabited the space where so much music had been made.

Sounds just like the ending of a good country song.
Last update on July 25, 6:10 pm by Chris.
A new photo of Phil at the Palomino Page 1 #6

You can edit the photo into the correct place Gloria.

Last update on September 7, 6:36 pm by Chris.
The Everly Brothers have made several appearances on the radio variety show, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

"A Prairie Home Companion is a live weekly radio variety show hosted by musician and songwriter Chris Thile. The program was created in 1974 by Garrison Keillor, who hosted it until 2016. It airs on Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Central Time, from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota; it is also frequently heard on tours to New York City and other US cities. The show is known for its musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and relaxed humor. Keillor's wry storytelling segment, "News from Lake Wobegon", was the show's best-known feature during his long tenure." wikipedia

Theater used for broadcasting A Prairie Home Companion

Mostly audio recordings have been available, and segments of programs videotaped. The Everly Brothers have sung "WHY WORRY', a very touching rendition of " OLD SHEP", and other of their own hit songs on the programs.

The following video is an entire Prairie Home Companion program with The Everly Brothers as special guests, accompanied by Albert Lee, and also featuring The Taj Mahal. In the first 15 minutes. Phil and Don sing "Bye Bye Love" and "Why Worry".

Video Recording featuring The Everly Brothers:

The beginning of this episode of A Prairie Home Companion, 01:00-16:00, includes the Everlys singing "Bye Bye Love" and "Why Worry", followed by a very touching tribute to the Brothers, created by Garrison Keillor.

This dedication to the Everly Brothers is composed of a combination of two well-known songs, "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" (from the musical, My Fair Lady) and "Devoted To You". It is charming and wonderfully done with the guitar accompaniment of Albert Lee to honor the Everly Brothers.

Special song to honor the Everly Brothers

Last update on October 11, 11:21 am by Gloria Solis.
Good information and fantastic new photos.
Last update on October 11, 2:44 am by Chris.
A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION...continuing (see #28 for beginning information)

Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion radio show said this of The Everly Brothers:

"These two guys, who were big stars, starting back when I was in high school - back when they should have been in high school - are two guys who taught a whole generation of people how to sing in sweet harmony - in two-part brotherly harmony. We all sang their songs and all practiced those intervals. We owe them a great debt. Someday they'll be on stamps." (spoken at The 2nd Annual Farewell Performance, June 4, 1988)

The Everly Brothers appeared on a number of these APHC programs singing, accompanied by Albert Lee, Chet Atkins, and Mark Knopfler and others, and joined in on some of the sketches and 'serials' (on-going, often humorous, stories acted out by the regular cast and guests). One of the 'serials' in which the brothers acted was "Buster, the Show Dog". And both Don and Phil do very well as actors!!!
(See video in #27, at mark 19:50-25:00)

"Buster the Show Dog" photos from video

Last update on October 11, 9:59 pm by Gloria Solis.
A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION....continuing (see #26, video, and #28 for background information)

Founder of APHC, Gary Edward (later Garrison) Keillor was born on August 7, 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. From a very happy childhood to graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's Degree in 1966, he thereafter began a career in radio. His first notable broadcast was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This experience as a neophyte in radio broadcasting led to what later became APHC in the 1970s and evolved to his work as a columnist and humorist. (Note the sketch with the Everlys of "Buster the Show Dog" in #28.)

Today Garrison is known and praised as an American author, storyteller, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality. He is best known as the creator of the Minnesota Public Radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, which he hosted from 1974 to 2016.

Keillor created the fictional Minnesota town Lake Wobegon, the setting of many of his books, including Lake Wobegon Days and Leaving Home: A Collection of Lake Wobegon Stories. Other creations include Guy Noir, a detective voiced by Keillor who appeared in A Prairie Home Companion comic skits. (wikipedia)

FROM VIDEO RECORDING (see #26), a mini interview with the Everly Brothers, mark 25:00-26:25

FROM VIDEO RECORDING, Garrison and Phil sing the sad, "Old Shep", with Don on guitar, mark 26:30-30:00

"That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" followed by "In an Old Rocking Chair" continue the nostalgic mood set by the song, "Old Shep". Don and Phil lead the first song and then are joined by Garrison and Sheila, mark 30:00-36:10.

"That Siver Haired Daddy of Mine"

"In an Old Rocking Chair"

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION....continuing (see #26 for video and #28, 29 background information)

Garrison Keillor was a devotee of the Grand Ole Opry, and began hosting the weekly A Prairie Home Companion Public Radio show from Minnesota. The program soon went national. With his easily identifiable voice, Keillor told homespun tales set in the fictional Lake Wobegon of Minnesota. 'For years this location has served as a fertile springboard for his praise of the ordinary men and women, that form the classical concept of the American Ideal.' (information courtesy of everlypedia)

From the VIDEO, mark 36"00 to 40:00, The Everly Brothers dedicate 3 of their classic hits to Boudleaux Bryant, the composer of: "All I Have To Do Is Dream", "Wake Up Little Susie", "Bye Bye Love".




From VIDEO, mark 41:00-1:18:00, Garrison Keillor reads a hysterical/historical poem about Norway and talks about a humorous connection between Norway, Spain, and the Lutherans. This is typical Keillor.

Featured artist Taj Mahal

Folk Dancers

THE EVERLY BROTHERS return in next segment...
Last update on October 19, 2:05 pm by Gloria Solis.
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