If ever two people were meant to sing together, it was brothers Don and Phil Everly of Brownie, Kentucky. Their harmonies were angelic and would influence a generation of artists who would follow them, including The Mamas & The Papas, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel.
In 1955 they had a short and unsuccessful stint with the Columbia label, but a year later they procured a contract with the Cadence label, and music history was about to change. Their first release was a song that over 30 artists had turned down. “Bye Bye Love” spent four weeks at number two on the BILLBOARD Top 100 Chart.
Their second release for the label, “Wake Up Little Susie,” topped all three Billboard Pop Charts.
Best Seller In Stores Chart – 10/14/57 – 1 weeks at number one.
Most Played By DJ’s Chart – 10/28/57 – 4 weeks at number one.
Billboard Top 100 – 10/21/57 – 2 weeks at number one.
The Everly Brothers would become one of the superstars of the pre-Beatles era with 13 top ten hits and four chart toppers.