Cathy’s Clown by The Everly Brothers

June 3, 2014

Life was good for the Everly Brothers. They placed 15 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, 1957-1960 while signed to the Cadence label with three reaching number one.

Life got better in 1960 when the newly formed Warner Brothers label offered them $1,000,000 to sign with them.

Their first release for their new label was “Cathy’s Clown,” which became their fourth, and last, number one hit. It reached the top of the Hot 100 chart May 23, 1960, and remained there for five weeks. It also became the first single to top the American and British Charts at the same time. It had an even long run at number one in England as it remained in the top position for seven weeks.

While they remained popular, the coming of the British Invasion meant that they would not dominate the charts. A break-up and reunion would consign the brothers to the oldies circuit for much of their future careers.


Bird Dog by The Everly Brothers

January 23, 2014


Phil and Don Everly were the most popular duo in music history until passed by Hall & Oates. They were superstars of the late 1950s and early 1960s. They broke up 1973 but reunited in 1983. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986.

“Bird Dog” was their third of four number one hits but only barely. It topped out at number two on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 but managed to spend one week at the top of the Best Seller In Stores Chart. While it was definitely not a country song, it also topped that chart as well.

Don Everly passed away recently so one last tip of the hat to the Everly Brothers and their number one hit “Bird Dog.”

All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers

November 13, 2013

One of the great ballads of the rock and roll era reached the top of the charts during May of 1958. “All I Have To Do Is Dream” was the second of three number one songs for The Everly Brothers during 1958.

Felice (Lyrics) and Boudleaux (Music) Bryant were a husband and wife songwriting team. They had their first hit in 1949 with “Country Boy” by Little Jimmy Dickens but it was as writers for the Everly Brothers that they produced dozens of songs that sold tens-of-millions of records. “All I Have To Do Is Dream” was possibly their best known composition.

Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 5/12/58 – 4 weeks at number one.

Most Played By DJ’s Chart – 5/19/58 – 5 weeks at number one.

Top 100 – 5/19/58 – 3 weeks at number one.


Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers

July 12, 2013

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.

Crying In The Rain 45 by The Everly Brothers

October 16, 2012

The Everly Brothers were superstars during the pre-Beatles era. They placed 36 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, 1957-1964, including four that reached number one. This led to their 1986 induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

“Crying In The Rain” first reached the Pop Chart, January 13, 1962, and during its 13 weeks on the chart, it peaked at number six. It was the second to last top 30 hit of their career.

If there was thing the Everly Brothers could do, it was harmonize. Their voices fit together perfectly and this single remains an excellent example of that fact.

So Sad/Lucille 45 by The Everly Brothers

March 30, 2012

The Everly Brothers were two of the kings of the late 1950s and early 1960s pre-Beatles era. They placed 38 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, 1957-1964, and sold tens of milllions of records.

Don and Phil Everly began singing together as children and by their late teens had received a recording contract. Their first chart single, “Bye Bye Love,” reached number two and from that point on they were hit making machines.

“So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)/Lucille” was a double=sided release released during the summer of 1960. “So Sad” reached number number seven and “Lucille” rose to number 21. Both had harmonies that would make you ache and are representative of some of the best pure pop of their era.

The Everly Brothers were inducted into THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME during 1986.

Cathy’s Clown 45 by The Everly Brothers

November 25, 2011

The Everly Brothers were elected to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during 1986. They remain one of the more influential artists in music history as their tight harmonies would impress a generation of musicians including The Besatles, Beach Boys, and Bee Gees.

Thye became stars during the last half of the 1960s with such hits as “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Wkae Up Little Susie,” which both reached number one and “Bye Bye Love” and “Problems,” which both climbed to number two.

The signed with the WB label during 1960 and their first release for their new music home was the biggest of their career.

“Cathy’s Clown” topped the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart for five weeks and the British Singles Chart for seven. It would sell 8 million copies worldwide. ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE named it as one of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

The Everly Brothers still tour every so often.

All I Have To Do Is Dream 45 by The Everly Brothers

December 12, 2010

The Everly Brothers were stars of the highest magnitude during the late fifties and early sixties. They placed 36 songs on The American singles charts, 1957-1964, and only two more after that point. Four would reach the number one position.

Don and Phil Everly were noted for their harmonies. There was rarely a lead vocal as they sang the leads together.

“All I Have To Do Is Dream” was their biggest hit topping the singles charts for five weeks during 1958. It also remains one of the most memorable ballads of the pre-Beatles era. It also topped the R&B charts which was a stretch as it is classic pop.

“All I Have To Do Is Dream” was one of the main reasons they were elected to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986.

Reunion Concert Ay The Royal Albert Hall (DVD) by The Everly Brothers

October 17, 2010

The Everly Brothers are one of the most successful duos in American music history. From 1957-1964 they placed 36 songs on the American singles charts, including such Number One hits as “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bird Dog,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” and “Cathy’s Clown” along with “Bye Bye Love” and “Problems,” both of which reached Number Two.

They were known for their tight harmonies as Don sang the lower parts and Phil the higher vocals. Many groups cite them as a career influence from The Beatles and the Bee Gees to the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel. They were one of the early inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, having entered in 1986.

As the sixties drew to a close the hits stopped coming and while they would perform together until 1973 their popularity soon waned. From 1973-1983 they went their separate ways and rarely spoke to one another. While their solo careers found moderate success, they faded from the public consciousness especially in the United States.

Their comeback began at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 23, 1983, when they reunited for their first concert together in over a decade. That concert was released as a two-disc vinyl LP and reignited their career as a duo. That famous performance has now been released as a DVD titled Reunion Concert: Live At The Royal Albert Hall.

This DVD will be a revelation to anyone not familiar with the Everly Brothers. Picking up where they left off ten years before, their voices, at ages 46 and 44, were still able to create the famous harmonies which made them famous.

Their backing band included British guitarist deluxe Albert Lee (who was also the musical director for the concert), pianist Pete Wingfield, plus three members of Cliff Richard’s touring band: drummer Graham Jarvis, bassist Mark Griffiths, and pedal steel guitarist Martin Jenner. Albert Lee, in particular, is one of the underrated guitarists in rock music and his solos on “Bye Bye Love” and “Be-Bop-A Lula” are phenomenal.

Except for “Problems,” all aforementioned songs were part of their 23 song set. Also performed that evening were “Crying In The Rain,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “(‘Til) I Kissed You,” “Lucille,” and a wonderful medley of “Devoted To You/Ebony Eyes/Love Hurts.”

The DVD also contains the documentary “Rock “N” Roll Odyssey,” which presents the complete story of the Everly Brothers through 1983. Artists including Linda Ronstadt, Chet Atkins, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tom Petty, Brian Setzer, and Kenney Jones contribute to their story.

The Everly Brothers reunion would be permanent and they have performed together ever since. Reunion Concert: Live At The Royal Albert Hall remains the best live document of their storied career.

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