The Everly Brothers were country pop-rock singer-songwriter duo Donald and Philip Everly (January 19, 1939 - January 3, 2014) who became famous in the late 1950s. Their best known songs include "Bye Bye Love" (1957), "Wake Up Little Susie" (1957), "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (1958), "Bird Dog" (1958), and "Cathy's Clown" (1960). They not only charted numerous hits from 1957-1967 on the Pop/Rock charts but also had a string of Country chart hits from 1984-1989.
The Everly Brothers' signature sound came from the sweet harmonic melding of Phil's tenor and Don's baritone and the duo's unique fusion of rock, country, and rockabilly styles. They have been cited as a major influence on many musicians, including such big name bands and artists as Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Simon and Garfunkel.
In 1986, the Everly Brothers were one of the first ten acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 1997, they were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and they have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the Everly Brothers at #33 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Times.
The song(s) featured on this page are on:
- Hard To Find 45s On CD Vol. 5 - 60's Pop Classics (VA)
- All-Time Original Hits
- The Definitive Everly Brothers: A Career Spanning Retrospective
The Everly Brothers perform "Wake Up Little Susie" on The Ed Sullivan Show (October 6, 1957).
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- Bowling Green 1967
- Cathy's Clown 1960
(This song, which topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts, is included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.)
- Crying In The Rain 1962
- Don't Blame Me 1961
- Ebony Eyes 1961
- Gone, Gone, Gone 1964
- Let It Be Me 1960
(This song, which also became a hit for Jill Corey (1957), Betty Everett & Jerry Butler (1964), the Sweet Inspirations (1967), Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry (1969), and Willie Nelson (1982), is based on the 1955 French song, "Je T'Appartiens.")
- Like Strangers 1960
- So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) 1960
- That's Old Fashioned (That's The Way Love Should Be) 1962
- Walk Right Back 1961
- When Will I Be Loved 1960
(This song later also became a hit for Linda Ronstadt (1975).)
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