Beginning to mid 1960's

Show of Stars 1957

Everly Brothers' first hit was previously rejected by other artists

Arts & Culture MPR News Jul 25, 2017

Today's Morning Edition music is from "Bye Bye Love" by the Everly Brothers which was number one on the Billboard country chart 60 years ago today.

The song, which launched their career, had been rejected by 30 other artists before the Everly's agreed to record it. It was written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. They would go on to write many more hit songs for the Everly Brothers and other artists.

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The 1st take of "Bye, Bye Love"
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This Day in 1957: The Everly Brothers on The Ed Sullivan Show

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 50s - This Day In Music - The Everly Brothers

60 years ago today, the Everly Brothers made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and didn’t even get a lousy chance to meet Ed Sullivan.

Yes, that’s right, it’s a true good news / bad news story: they finally got their shot on one of the most famous variety shows in TV history, and it was on a night when Ed had a guest host. Thankfully, the host was someone who was a pretty big deal in his own right, at least for fans of musicals. Dan Dailey might not have been part of the burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll scene, but he’d sung his way throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s, appearing in films like Mother Wore Tights, You’re My Everything, My Blue Heaven, Meet Me at the Fair, and There’s No Business Like Show Business.

Having found tremendous success with their debut single for Cadence Records, the Everlys appeared on the show and performed two numbers: “Bye Bye Love” and “Hey Doll Baby.” From what we can tell from the clip, it looks like Dailey enjoyed the brothers’ performances, but what we know for a fact is that the Everlys’ stint in the big time was only beginning.
Last update on August 6, 5:15 pm by Chris.
FABULOUS!! Phil is 18 and Don 20 in this appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show! (Quote #19)

They had such great energy, charisma, enchanting smiles, and overall gorgeousness!!
What a package! And to think it was only the beginning of worldwide fame that would last for decades!

The Everly Brothers are truly, unflaggingly legendary!

19th September 1968 at the Revolution

Keith Moon with Eve Slater, her husband Terry Slater (Manager of Amen Corner) Allan Clarke (The Hollies) Andy Fairweather Low (Amen Corner) and at the back Hilton Valentine (ex-The Animals) Lord Francis Russell and Lee Jackson (The Nice)

Quite a line up and a few that were close to The Everly Brothers

Additional information regarding the Everly brothers connections with Buddy Holly (see Quotes #10, #15 ):

According to Holly's biographer Philip Norman, they were responsible for persuading Holly and the Crickets to change their outfits from Levi's and T-shirts to the Everlys' Ivy League suits. Don said Holly wrote and composed "Wishing" for them. "We were all from the South," Phil observed of their commonalities. "We'd started in country music." (Probably a main reason why the Everly Brothers did not record "Wishing" is because they were under contract with Acuff-Rose Publishing Company and could only use songs from their company.)

RECORDING of "Wishing" by Buddy Holly: (You can understand why Buddy Holly wrote this for the Everlys - it would have been very successful!)

Wishing - that I could see you every day
wishing - that I could steal your heart away
Dreaming - of the time I can hold you tight
wishing - that the time would come tonight
I've been hoping all along - things would turn out right
if I could find a wishing star - then I would spend the night
Wishing - that I could see you every day
wishing - that I could steal your heart away
I've been hoping all along - things would turn out right
if I could find a wishing star - then I would spend the night
Wishing - that I could see you every day
wishing - that I could steal your heart away

Last update on August 9, 5:54 pm by Gloria Solis.

Using an early photo for the cover of this fairly recent released album from January 2017

For a list of the songs, this is the link:

Last update on August 10, 5:28 pm by Chris.
Phil and Don arrive in London from New York to begin their European tour on April 1, 1960.

McCartney had paid tribute to the Everlys years earlier by including them in his Wings hit "Uncle Albert."

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36 Unreleased Recordings Album Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine:

"36 Unreleased Recordings from the Late 50s and Early 60s packages together two Everly Brothers albums Varèse Sarabande released separately a year earlier, Too Good to Be True and Give Me a Future. Seldom has an album title been as true as it is for Too Good to Be True. This brief but rich 18-track disc contains a wealth of songwriting demos the Everlys made for the publishing company Acuff-Rose in the late '50s, almost all unreleased (two songs, "Give Me a Future" and "Life Ain't Worth Living," were on Bear Family's exhaustive 1992 box set Classic Everly Brothers, which compiled all of the duo's known Cadence and pre-Cadence recordings). The big news is that there aren't just demo versions of such timeless Everly hits as "I Wonder If I Care as Much," "Maybe Tomorrow," and "Should We Tell Him," but six previously unknown, unheard Everly songs: "That's Too Good to Be True," "How Did We Stay Together," "I Didn't Mean to Go This Far," "All I Ask of Life," "I'll Throw Myself at You," and "It's Too Late to Say Goodbye."

Like most of the recordings here, these tracks were recorded in 1957, after the duo had their first big hit for Cadence with the Felice & Boudleaux Bryant-written "Bye Bye Love" and were demoing their own original songs for future use at the label. These recordings, let alone these songs, weren't known to exist until Cary E. Mansfield and Andrew Sandoval began work on this project and were presented with the recordings by Acuff-Rose.

As Sandoval says in his liner notes, these are the "missing part of the puzzle" between the fine but unremarkable close harmony cuts the duo made for Columbia in 1955 and the classic Cadence sound: it's possible to hear the Everlys grow into their classic sound on these demos. That would have been enough of a treat for devoted fans, but the fact that there are six new songs, all good, makes this absolutely essential. Since these are demos, the songs are short and some of the unheard tunes don't feel completely fleshed out, but the core of each tune is here, and it's rather wondrous to hear new Everly tunes so many years after the fact.

There's no question that this is an historically important release, and because of its historical nature it may not be played as often as the duo's classic Cadence sides, but even so, it's hard to imagine any Everly fan not having this superb disc in his/her collection.

Last update on August 24, 5:22 pm by Gloria Solis.
A music review of The Everly Brothers early top hits (late 50s-earl 60's), a reflection prompted by the passing of Phil Everly in 2014. PART 1

by Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY Published 1:33 p.m. ET Jan. 4, 2014 | Updated 7:27 p.m. ET Jan. 5, 2014

The Everly Brothers: Essential Listening

Few early rock 'n' roll acts enjoyed the broad mainstream appeal that the Everly Brothers did. Between 1957 and 1962, Phil and Don Everly placed 34 songs on the Billboard pop charts, nearly half of them reaching the top 10. The hits still sound as charming and full of youthful energy as they did back then, but a little listening beyond the classics shows that they made great records for years. For USA TODAY, Brian Mansfield compiles some of their finest work.

Bye Bye Love. Bye Bye Love had been floating around Nashville for a while when the Everlys got hold of it in 1957. (Brenda Lee, for instance, claims to have passed on recording the song.) But the juxtaposition of heartbroken lyrics and carefree melody, combined with the brothers' singular two-part harmony, made them instant stars. It also started one of the great artist-songwriter partnerships in pop history. Boudleaux Bryant and/or his wife, Felice, would pen the first six top 10 hits of the Everlys' career.

Wake Up Little Susie. Sure, Phil and Don sounded innocent when trying to explain that, no, really, they'd fallen asleep in a movie theater and that's why they hadn't gotten little Susie home until after 4 a.m. Some radio stations were so scandalized that they refused to play the record. There couldn't have been too many of those, though: "Wake Up Little Susie" hit No. 1 on the pop, country and R&B charts.

All I Have to Do Is Dream. Possibly the greatest make-out record of the 1950s. This track, with its tremelo guitar chords and harmonies that angels must dream of replicating, also topped the pop, country and R&B charts.

Claudette. The rocking B-side to All I Have to Do Is Dream came from another future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — Roy Orbison, who had written the song for his wife. The cut was not only a great Everlys track, it also earned Orbison renewed interest from his record label at the time, Sun Records, while simultaneously putting him on Nashville's radar.

Bird Dog. Everlys producer Archie Bleyer initially wanted TV ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson to record this cut's spoken "He's a bird … he's a dog" in the voice of a popular dog puppet named Farfel. He got overruled, and Bird Dog became the Everlys' third No. 1 hit.

Devoted to You. DJs flipped Bird Dog and found this lovely Boudleaux Bryant love song in the vein of All I Have to Do Is Dream.

I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail. While Bird Dog and Devoted to You were climbing the charts, Phil and Don were going back to their roots, cutting an album of old folk and pop tunes called Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. The set included this heart-tugger about a woman pleading for her son's release on the fifth anniversary of his father's death.

Everly Brothers at the Grand Ol Opry
Last update on August 28, 9:47 pm by Gloria Solis.
A music review of The Everly Brothers early top hits (late 50s-earl 60's), a reflection prompted by the passing of Phil Everly in 2014. Part 2

(continuing with the list from #27)

Cathy's Clown. In 1960, the Everlys left Cadence Records, signing a $1 million deal with Warner Bros. This Don Everly tune, with its distinctive drum rhythm, was the duo's first release on the label and topped both the pop and R&B charts.

When Will I Be Loved. The biggest hit Phil Everly wrote for the duo. Recorded for Cadence before the act bolted, it came out just six weeks after Cathy's Clown. Linda Ronstadt had an even bigger hit with it in 1975.

Walk Right Back. Another Buddy Holly-Everlys connection. Holly guitarist [Sonny] Curtis wrote this buoyantly optimistic post-breakup song, a No. 7 hit in 1961.

Stick With Me, Baby. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss revived this Mel Tillis-written number for their 2007 Raising Sand album. The Everlys' original didn't do particularly well on the charts, peaking at No. 41 as the B-side of their remake of the Bing Crosby hit, "Temptation", in 1961, but it's still got that Everly magic. And some great guitar work, too.

Crying In the Rain. A masterwork of self-pity, written by Howard Greenfield and Carole King.

Gone, Gone, Gone. The Everlys' big hits stopped in 1962 with "That's Old Fashioned" (That's the Way Love Should Be), soon replaced by U.K. acts who'd grown up trying to replicate their sound. "Gone, Gone, Gone" got them back to the top 40 in 1964. Had they been new and English when they released this, it would be considered a British Invasion classic.

Recorded July 13 1960, and featured on their LP A Date With The Everly Brothers, "Donna, Donna" was one of the last Bryant compositions the duo recorded for sometime. Shortly after the album's release, their relations with manager and publisher, Wesley Rose, turned sour, and he cut of access to the Bryants' material.

The following video is the creation of Sir Basil de Brush, who has been cleverly fitting Everly songs and other artists' songs to dance sequences of Hollywood films.

RECORDING OF "DONNA DONNA" with movie footage:


"Donna, Donna" mysteriously reappeared four years after A Date With The Everlys LP.
In 1964, the song emerged as the kick-off track to the Everlys' Gone, Gone, Gone album, after the war with Rose had ended.
(via YouTube)
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