The Everly Brothers: The Fabulous Style Of The Everly Brothers (LP)
(Rhino) 14 tracks - Cadence recordings - Mastering by Ken Perry/K Disc - Top Sound re-issue
Here's a new collection of songs by those Evenly Brothers, sung and played in the fabulous style that is all their own. It's all been gathered up and put on this record album just for you — the heart-stopping harmonies, the great finger-pickin' beat. Folks all over the place just can't seem to get enough of the Everlys' style. The boys recently toured Europe with Archie, the Chordettes and Andy Williams — and were welcomed enthusiastically in exciting places like Brussels, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Stockholm, Hamburg, Berlin and Paris. The Brits love 'em too. In London (where they were both presented a silver chalice as "Best Vocalists of the Year" in the British Empire), Phil and Don were whisked-off from the air-port to the BBC-TV studios by a police escort, to be sure they wouldn't miss their important television appearance.
Down-under in Australia, the boys made personal appearances in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sidney with Tabb Hunter and Sal Mineo. Don and Phil played to 40,000 enthusiastic Aussies during performances in Sydney and then to 70,000 Canadians at shows in Montreal ... 20,000 fans gave the Everlys a warm "welcome home" in Louisville, Kentucky. Then the brothers were on their way across the country again, stopping in Florida for shows with Buddy Holly & the Crickets and Bill Haley & the Comets, in Chicago at the Civic Opera House, in New York City for the Allan Freed shows at the Paramount Theatre. Seven appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, and other television spots with Perry Como, Pattie Page, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bob Crosby, Julius Larosa — and with Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans on the Big Country Music TV Spectacular. Whew!
Ever since Bye Bye Love zipped up the charts faster-than-a-cat-out-of-the-water not long ago, the Everly Brothers have hardly had a chance to catch their breath. Wake Up Little Susie, their next record, swooshed up to #1 just four weeks after it hit the stores — in spite of all those grown-up grumblings ("Susie sleeping with someone at a drive-in show . hmmm , ..", wondered Archie). Nowadays, Phil and Don are averaging a Top Ten Cadence hit every four months. How do you s'pose Phil and Don relax after all this excitement? Well, they write music, and sing — and they record their songs to share with us. Don wrote 'Til I Kissed You in Australia. Back home, he and Phil got together in the studio with the Crickets to tape record the song. The boys even got Jerry Allison to set up his whole drum kit plus tom-toms in the studio for the recording — the first time such a sound appears on record. Later, the boys left Nashville to record in New York City for the very first time. Let It Be Me, with its pretty strings, is a result of that visit.
But why spend your time reading about these songs when you can hear them and all the others — for yourself? Put this record on your platter, switch the player to LP, and you'll soon enough be hummin' and dancin' with the whole new crop of Everly Brothers favorites. Fabulous!
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Don (geb. 1. 2. 1937 in Brownie - Kentucky) und Phil (geb. 19. 1. 1939 in Chicago - Illinois)
Born into music, Don and Phil began performing as children in the mid-40s. Their father Ike Everly, an accomplished guitarist, hosted a variety of rural radio programs which eventually incorporated his whole family. Wife Margaret and sons Don (born February 1, 1937) and Phil (born January 9, 1939) all took their turns at the mic in varying combinations as they honed their harmony skills. However, by 1953 the family's format had reached its end. As recorded music overtook the need for live performers, Don and Phil became infatuated with introducing rock and rhythm and blues flavors to their standard folk and country repertoire.
The mid-'50s found the family struggling to survive. Ike and Margaret worked odd jobs to support their sons' burgeoning musical career, while Don and Phil focused on songwriting and knocking on doors near Nashville. Their first recording deal with Columbia was a fleeting failure and it was not until the duo met up with Wesley Rose that they were truly on the path to success. Being one of the most powerful music magnates in Nashville (and the owner of the colossal Acuff Rose publishing company), Wesley Rose found the brothers a home with East Coast indie label Cadence Records. Rose further coupled Don and Phil with the husband and wife writing team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, and the rest is, as they say, history.
The Everly Brothers' first Cadence release, 1957's Bye Bye Love, began a solid string of thirteen Top 40 hits for the label. But by 1964, the Everlys and many of their label mates had departed from Cadence (and the charts). Resultantly, founder Archie Bleyer sold his musical assets to former signee, singer Andy Williams. Although Williams held back the Everly masters for six years, 1970 saw the first in a flood of nostalgic reissues of the duo's Cadence recordings (a trend which continues to this day). Nevertheless, these collections are simply a shuffling of the same forty songs the brothers cut for the label.
March 1985 saw the first compilation that deviated from this format, Rhino Records' 'All They Had To Do Was Dream'. Compiled entirely from outtakes and demos, this set lifted the lid on what still remained within the Cadence archive. Bear Family's 'Classic Everly Brothers' (BCD 15618) box set further collected these outtakes with a few added obscurities, giving enthusiasts and historians a more complete picture of what occurred during those times.
Now, some twenty years later, Everly fans are once again allowed back into the archive to hear a newly unearthed set of working versions and musical sketches from that magical era. A compelling study of the creative process behind the legendary Cadence masters, this set gives one a fresh perspective on these, the Everlys' most popular sides. You won't hear perfection at every turn. Yet, nearly every track exhibits a talented team on the verge of a musical breakthrough. So, pull up a chair and join us at RCA Victor Studios in Nashville, as we join the Everly Brothers in session.