Saturday, September 22, 2007
Today 1983 Everly Brothers reunion concert
I've been a fan since their start and still play once a week an Everly album. So nice those harmony vocals.
What great songs they recorded for the Cadence label. After they moved to Warner Brothers (first one million dollar deal..) more superb songs.
Bird Dog, Long time gone, (Til') I Kissed You, All I have to do is dream, Wake up little Susie, Down In The Willow Garden, Let it be me, When Will I Be Loved.
Need I go on ? Cathy's clown, Devoted to you, So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad), Love Is Strange, Walk Right Back, Crying in the rain, Ebony eyes. An endless list.
Although they wrote a lot themselves they were in luck when Cadence boss Archie Bleyer introduced them to the husband and wife team Boudleaux and Felice Bryant who wrote Bye bye love, their first hit. A long and profitable association had begun.
Although most people knew they weren't going along very well beginning 70's it still was a shock when they suddenly split up in july 1973.
In the comment I placed a biography by Elizabeth Thomas for musicianguide.com.
You can either read there or go to the Musician guide site.
What a great day it was when a decade later the announcement came of a forthcoming reunion concert. It took place in London's Royal Albert Hall on 22 & 23 september 1983. So today is a really nice moment to remember this historical event.
What's more, there came new recordings, new albums.
When you wanna relive that moment (it's 20hrs, the concert starts in a second...) :
quickly see the comments where
and you can listen to 100 minutes great harmony singing.
A last remark.
I believe this was the one and only occasion they did sing Ebony eyes live !!!!
Labels: everly brothers
01-Everly Brothers - Bird Dog
02-Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown
03-Everly Brothers - Wake Up Little Susie
04-Everly Brothers - (Til') I Kissed You
05-Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream
06-Everly Brothers - Cludette
07-Everly Brothers - Crying In The Rain
08-Everly Brothers - Walk Right Back
09-Everly Brothers - Temptation
10-Everly Brothers - Medley Devoted To You, Ebony Eyes, Love Hurts
11-Everly Brothers - You Send Me
12-Everly Brothers - Blues (Stay Away From Me)
13-Everly Brothers - Down In The Willow Garden
14-Everly Brothers - Long Time Gone
01-Everly Brothers - Lucille
02-Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love
03-Everly Brothers - Let It Be Me
04-Everly Brothers - The Price Of Love
05-Everly Brothers - Love Is Strange
06-Everly Brothers - When Will I Be Loved
07-Everly Brothers - So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)
08-Everly Brothers - Gone, Gone, Gone
09-Everly Brothers - (Take A) Message To Mary
10-Everly Brothers - I Wonder If I Care As Much
11-Everly Brothers - Lightning Express
12-Everly Brothers - For The Love Of Barbara Allen
13-Everly Brothers - Be Bop A Lula
14-Everly Brothers - Good Golly Miss Molly
Links & pass :
Pass : JeanDupreeEB28a5
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Of course you understand to replace in each link twice the '#' in an 'a' otherwise you don't have a 'valid' link !!
File's are both a small 55MB, 'cause the songs are only in 160kbits
When you see this in Google cache (or alike or through using the search function in my Blog) you actually have to go to
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Or click on this page on 'home' and go to the '2007 september archives'.
Everly Brothers biography by Elizabeth Thomas
Don's full name, Isaac Donald Everly; born February 1, 1937, in Brownie, Ky.
Phil born January 19, 1939, in Chicago, Ill.
Sons of Ike and Margaret Everly (musicians who hosted their own radio show)
Don married Sue Ingraham (divorced, 1961); married second wife, Venetia Stevenson (divorced); married third wife, Karen Prettyman (divorced); children: three girls, one boy
Phil married Jackie Ertel (divorced); married second wife, 1971 (divorced); children: (first marriage) Jordan, Patricia, Mickey; (second marriage) Christopher.
(Don) Residence --Nashville, TN. Office --c/o 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., #1600, Los Angeles, CA.
(Phil) Residence --Los Angeles, CA. Office --c/o 10414 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, CA 91602.
The Everly Brothers, Phil and Don, have been summed up as "two primordial presences from the dawn of rock history, without whose precise vocal harmonics ... there would have been no McCartney and Lennon, no Simon and Garfunkel, no California country-rock sound" by Jim Jerome of People magazine. Singers on their parents' country radio show since childhood, the Everly Brothers crossed over to the field of popular music with their 1957 smash, "Bye, Bye, Love." Soon renowned for the harmonious blending of their voices, they had a string of hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s that included "Wake Up, Little Susie," "Bird Dog," "Cathy's Clown," and "I'll Do My Crying in the Rain." Though the popularity of British groups and psychedelic rock in the later 1960s diminished the demand for the Everly Brothers' music, they continued to play small concerts and release recordings together until 1973. At that time, they separated for ten years, not speaking to each other. In 1983, however, they reunited, garnering much critical acclaim for their new albums, and for their concert performances.
Don, the eldest, was born in 1937 in Brownie, Kentucky; Phil was born in 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. Their parents, Ike and Margaret Everly, landed a country music radio show in Shenandoah, Iowa, in 1945. Don was the first brother to join the show, featured in his own spot, "The Little Donnie Show." As he revealed to Kurt Loder in Rolling Stone, "I'd sing three or four songs, read a commercial, and go home." When Don was eight and Phil was six, the youngest brother was brought into the act, and they sang as a duo. Both brothers agree that their father, Ike, taught them everything they know about singing and guitar playing, and that his style influenced them deeply. Don Everly told Loder that "Country's not the right word for what [Ike Everly] played. It was more uptown, more honky-tonk. I'll tell you the right word for it: blues. White blues."
By the 1950s, however, live radio music shows were on the way out and the brothers knew that recordings, concerts, and television appearances had become the way to establish a musical career. Ike brought his sons to the attention of guitarist Chet Atkins, who placed songs that Don had written with country stars Kitty Wells and Anita Carter. With the royalty money this provided, Don and Phil set off for Nashville to audition for a recording contract. There, they cut a record for Columbia in 1956 called "Keep A' Lovin' Me," but it did not catch on with the public. Finally, the Everlys met up with Wesley Rose, who was the president of Acuff-Rose, a music publishing company. Rose told the brothers he would get them a record deal if they would sign on with Acuff-Rose as songwriters. Phil and Don agreed, and Rose introduced them to Archie Bleyer, who owned Cadence, a New York-based record label. Bleyer was looking to branch out into the field of country music at the time, and eagerly signed the Everly Brothers. He liked the material that Phil and Don had written themselves, but he offered them a song written by the husband and wife team Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, "Bye, Bye, Love."
Thus began a long and profitable association. Though the Bryants' song had already been turned down by several country artists, the Everly Brother's 1957 recording of it not only became a country smash but reached number two on the pop music charts. Phil and Don followed "Bye, Bye, Love" with another Bryant composition, "Wake Up, Little Susie." "Susie" quickly shot up the charts, but was soon banned in Boston and other United States cities because it was deemed too suggestive. Ironically, the song's lyrics describe an innocent episode in which two teenagers on a date fall asleep watching a boring movie at the drive-in, and fear parental and peer suspicions about why they broke their curfew. Undaunted by their brush with notoriety, the Everly Brothers continued to put out hit records for the Cadence label, including the 1958 efforts "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Bird Dog," and "Problems"; and the 1959 singles "Poor Jenny" and "Till I Kissed You."
In 1960, the Everly Brothers left Cadence for Warner Brothers, and had their biggest hit, "Cathy's Clown," a song that they wrote themselves. But, though Phil and Don had many more hits in the early 1960s, like "Walk Right Back," "Ebony Eyes," and "That's Old-Fashioned," their days in the upper part of the charts were numbered. The change of style that took place in the mid-1960s (ironically vanguarded by the Beatles, who were deeply influenced by the Everly Brothers' use of harmony) decreased the demand for traditional American rock and roll. Though they continued to perform and cut records into the 1970s, tensions began to develop between the brothers--their business keeping them so constantly together--and in their individual personal lives. Both brothers suffered from drug abuse problems, but Don's dependence on the then-legitimate Ritalin drug therapy led him into deeper trouble than Phil experienced. After twice attempting suicide, Don was committed to a mental hospital and given electroshock therapy. Both brothers experienced multiple divorces; Don, three, and Phil, two. Finally, Don told Phil that their performances at Knott's Berry Farm near Los Angeles, California, in July, 1973, would be their last. Though Don had conquered his Ritalin dependence, according to Loder he showed up for one of the shows so drunk that "a Knott's manager stopped the show midway through the second of three scheduled sets. Phil, furious, stormed offstage, smashing his guitar to the floor before disappearing."
Don decided it was time to reunite and make a comeback in 1983. Phil, having as little success as his brother had as a solo artist, agreed. Ten months later they gave a much-publicized reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, which was videotaped and shown on the Home Box Office cable network. The critics raved. "Once the Everlys buried the hatchet ... it was as if they had never been away. Their fusion of sweet Appalachian harmonies, rock arrangements and lyrical sentiment ... seemed, indeed, as powerful as ever," announced Jerome.
After the reunion concert, the brothers recorded their first studio album in ten years, EB '84, which also met with enthusiastic critical response. EB '84 featured a song donated to the Everlys by Paul McCartney, "On the Wings of a Nightingale," which Loder in a Rolling Stone review lauded as "almost impossibly perfect." Loder went on to declare that on EB '84 the Everlys "truly never have sounded better," and concluded that "these are voices so rich, and so symbiotically attuned to each other, that their effect seems to go beyond simple artistry and to resonate instead on a cellular level."
In 1986, the Everlys told Jay Cocks of Time that they were now settled and comfortable in their new performing relationship. Phil explained: "Don and I are infamous for our split, but we're closer than most brothers. Harmony singing requires that you enlarge yourself, not use any kind of suppression. Harmony is the ultimate love." As Cocks concluded from their 1986 album Born Yesterday, "The Everlys are back. They are back to stay. Back, and as good as ever. And rock 'n' roll just doesn't get any better than that."
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