The Everly Brothers Part Five
Once again, I’m doing a blog, and this time it’s The Everly Brothers Part Five, which is the conclusion. Why, because I’m on my last album of theirs. I could buy more, but that’s going to have to wait.
The music of the Everly Brothers influenced the Beatles, who referred tothemselves as “the English Everly Brothers“ when Paul McCartney and John Lennonwent hitchhiking south to win a talent competition. They based the vocalarrangement of “Please Please Me“ on “Cathy‘s Clown.“ Indeed, McCartney‘sauthorship and composition of “On The Wings Of A Nightingale,“ the brothers‘ lastBillboard US Hot 100 single, could be viewed as a protege repaying part of a debthe owed to de facto mentors.
Keith Richards called Don Everly “one of the finest rhythm players.“
Paul Simon, who worked with the pair on “Graceland,“ said on the day after Phil‘sdeath, “Phil and Don were the most beautiful sounding duo I ever heard. Bothvoices pristine and soulful. The Everlys were there at the crossroads of countryand R&B. They witnessed and were part of the birth of rock and roll.“
Achievements and Honors
The Everly Brothers had 35 Billboard Top-100 singles, 26 in the top 40. They holdthe record for the most Top-100 singles by any duo and trail Hall & Oates for themost Top 40 singles by a duo. In the UK, they had 30 chart singles, 29 in the top40, 13 top 10, and 4 at No. 1 between 1957 and 1984. They had 12 top-40 albumsbetween 1960 and 2009.
In 1986, the Everly Brothers were among the first 10 artists inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were introduced by Neil Young, who observed thatevery musical group he had ever belonged to had tried, and failed, to copy theEverly Brothers‘ harmonies. That year, on July 5, the Everlys returned toShenandoah to a crowd of 8,500 for a concert, parade, street dedication, classreunion, and other activities. Concert fees were donated to the Everly FamilyScholarship Fund, which gives scholarships to middle school and high schoolstudents in Shenandoah. The brothers were inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ RollHall of Fame in 2003.
In 1997, the brothers were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Theywere inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Vocal Group Hallof Fame in 2004. Their contribution has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall ofFame. On October 2, 1986, The Everly Brothers received a star on the HollywoodWalk of Fame for their work in the music industry, located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Everly Brothers No. 33 on its list ofthe “100 greatest artists of all time.“ They are also No. 43 on the list of UKBest selling singles artists of all time.
Tributes and Interpretations by Other Artists
The Everlys, as noted above, wrote and composed “Till I Kissed You“ (Don),“Cathy‘s Clown“ (Don and Phil), and “When Will I Be Loved“ (Phil). “Cathy‘s Clown“and “When Will I Be Loved“ became hits for Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt,respectively. (For the latter, the Everly Brothers themselves sang the chorus.).“Cathy‘s Clown“ was also covered by the Tarney/Spencer Band. It was released as asingle in 1979. Band member Alan Tarney (a former member of the Shadows) went onto be a producer for “hit machines“ like Cliff Richard and a-ha, the Norwegianband who, in turn, covered “Crying in the Rain“ in 1990 for its fourth album, Eastof the Sun, West of the Moon.
On Labor Day weekend 1988, Central City, Kentucky, began the Everly BrothersHomecoming event to raise money for a scholarship fund for Muhlenberg Countystudents. Don and Phil toured the United Kingdom in 2005, and Phil appeared in2007 on recordings with Vince Gill and Bill Medley. Also in 2007, Alison Kraussand former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant released Raising Sand, whichincluded a cover of the 1964 hit “Gone, Gone, Gone,“ produced by T-Bone Burnett.
Four Everly Brothers tribute records were released in 2013: Billie Joe Armstrong‘sand Norah Jones‘s Foreverly,  the Chapin Sisters‘s A Date with the EverlyBrothers, Bonnie Prince Billy‘s and Dawn McCarthy‘s What the Brothers Sang, andthe Wieners‘s Bird Dogs.
The album Marvin, Welch & Farrar (1971 ), by the British-Australian band of thesame name, contains a track named after Don‘s place of birth, “Brownie Kentucky“.
Jeff Lynne recorded a version of “So Sad“ for his 2012 album release Long Wave.