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  posted on 1/26/2010 at 05:34 PM
Some years back I picked up "All They Had To Do Was Dream" by The Everly Brothers. It's a Rhino disc culled from many, many hours of tapes. They do a lot of their hits, but not the hit versions. You know how sometimes you forget about an artist for years, then throw it in the stereo and wonder where in the hell you have been?

Goddamn it, these guys were great. Can't get it out of my stereo. Listening to their writing, their beautiful voices, the way they harmonize, I have to think that these guys were a HUGE influence on The Beatles. Certainly not a leap to say that, since The Everly Brothers started recording in the 50's. In fact, I'm sure they were a huge influence on a LOT of musicians. I'm glad I had the good sense to see them, maybe 20 years ago. I suspect they're just a little too old to tour anymore.

 

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  posted on 1/26/2010 at 05:50 PM
Early rockabilly. Part of the transition from early '50's pop (Ames Bros., Four Aces, etc.)
to rock and roll. Kinda' like Buddy Holly in a duet. Excellent writers, excellent harmony, and they rocked.

 
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  posted on 1/26/2010 at 05:59 PM
Fantastic harmony

 

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  posted on 1/26/2010 at 09:37 PM
I got the 1983 reunion disc [great stuff] recomended from my dad, who called them [the everly sisters] in the 50s

 

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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 07:51 AM
Paul McCartney has said several times that there would have been no Beatles without the influence of the Everly Brothers.

But they did not write most of their songs! Most of these (including "All I have to do is Dream", "Wake Up, Little Susie" - et al) were written by the husband and wife team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.

Chet Atkins played on a lot of their stuff, too!

 

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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 08:07 AM
From Mc Cartney's song Let 'Em In

Someone's knocking at the door, somebody's ringing the bell,
someone's knocking at the door, somebody's ringing the bell,
do me a favor, open the door and let 'em in.

Sister Suzie, brother John, Martin Luther, Phil and Don,
uncle Ernie, auntie Jin, open the door, let 'em in, oh yeah.



[Edited on 1/27/2010 by fanfrom-71]

 

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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 08:30 AM
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Fantastic harmony


I agree! Love those guys!

 

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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 08:36 AM
Although the Beatles didn't cover any Everly Brothers on their official Parlophone LPs, they did perform a song at the BBC "So How Come." This song, where George handles lead vocals can be found on the LIVE AT THE BBC double CD

 

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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 09:18 AM
From www.allmusic.com:

The Everly Brothers were not only among the most important and best early rock & roll stars, but also among the most influential rockers of any era. They set unmatched standards for close, two-part harmonies and infused early rock & roll with some of the best elements of country and pop music. Their legacy was and is felt enormously in all rock acts that employ harmonies as prime features, from the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and legions of country-rockers to modern-day roots rockers like Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe (who once recorded an EP of Everlys songs together).

 

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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 09:24 AM
from wikipedia.org:

The Beatles based the vocal arrangement of "Please Please Me" upon "Cathy's Clown."

In 2007 country singer Alison Krauss and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant released "Raising Sand" which included a cover of the 1964 hit single, "Gone, Gone, Gone" produced by T-Bone Burnett.



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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 01:32 PM
more wikipedia quotes:

The duo's harmony singing had a strong influence on rock and roll groups of the 1960s. The Beatles[1], The Beach Boys[2], and Simon & Garfunkel developed their early singing style by performing Everly covers.

Stevie Nicks learned to sing harmony to Lindsay Buckingham from, according to her, listening to The Everly Brothers. She stated that both she and Lindsay were huge fans. Stevie and Lindsay are two of the main musicians of the famed 80's group Fleetwood Mac.

In 1986, the Everlys were among the first 10 artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the ceremony, they were introduced by Neil Young, who observed that every musical group he belonged to had tried and failed to copy the Everly Brothers' harmonies

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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 01:59 PM
Rob, the Stevie Nicks/Lindsy Buckingham association with the Everly's came about (in part) due to the fact that Warren Zevon was the Everly Brothers musical director for a while in the 1970s. Stevie, Lindsey and at least one Everly brother (Don, I believe) were all contributors on the first couple of Zevon albums. The same Everly brother (I'll check album notes later) persuaded Zevon to write a song about werewolves as a joke. The outcome was a double-edged sword of sorts. The tune became a HUGE hit (pretty much Zevon's only actual "hit") and he had to play it every night (Zevon reportedly hated the song).

The Everly's made a fine album in the '80s (EB 84). They'll probably never work together again. Like the Oasis guys, they don't like each other.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2010 at 02:20 PM
Always loved the Everly Brothers. There vocals just melt me. Sad that there are problems with them not being able to make music together due to not getting along ... (Knopfler brothers also come to mind).

Here's something that Don did with EmmyLou on her Blue Kentucky Girl album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fvi9VI64kc

 

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