Who was/is Barker Brothers, The ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more
Thanks to The Everly Brothers, sibling duos were the rage in early 1958, when producers Lee Hazlewood and Lester Sill found Monty and Fredy Barker, known around Los Angeles as The Barker Brothers. Lee and Lester hadn’t hit their stride in Phoenix with Duane Eddy quite yet, and they produced the Barkers in L.A. for the Bihari brothers’ new Kent label. Monty and Fredy had made the rounds of local music shows, notably ‘Town Hall Party,’ since turning up locally in late ’57.
Kent issued the brothers’ debut, twinning the Hazlewood-scribed Hey Little Mama and Bebe Blake’s I’m In Love With My Teacher in March of ’58 before the duo moved to Decca for a May ’58 date under the supervision of Charles Bud Dant at Decca’s Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood. Well All Right…Friday Night was written by the Barkers and was half of their first Decca offering that fall, along with Blake’s How Can You Tell If It’s Love. The same date spawned their Decca encore, the Barkers’ Money Honey offshoot Lovin’ Honey and Blake’s Sunbeam.
The brothers popped up on Valiant in 1962 with their own Latin-tempoed creation, The Drifter. As late as 1964, Sill was still trying to get them a hit at RCA Victor with Shh – Don’t Wake Me Up.
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