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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.