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“Hey Doll Baby”: Revisiting the Everly Brothers’ enduring harmonies

In 1957 they have been two children from Tennessee, unaccustomed to being on tv. But Don Everly, age 20, and Phil Everly, 18, had successful: “Bye Bye Love.”

The Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love (1957) by
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The Everly Brothers have been younger, and so was rock ‘n’ roll. “Rock ‘n’ roll had a spot the place it began,” mentioned Phil’s son, Jason Everly. “I imply, it did not exist; there was no rock ‘n’ roll. And then, there was rock ‘n’ roll.”

For Jason and his cousin, Stacy Everly (Don’s daughter), the historical past of rock ‘n’ roll is household historical past.

Phil died in 2014 and Don in 2021. Now, the subsequent era has assembled a brand new album of remastered tracks, titled “Hey Doll Baby.” It just isn’t, nevertheless, a best hits assortment. Stacy mentioned, “We simply discovered report after report after report … you’d hadn’t heard these songs earlier than. So, it was fascinating. The ordinary suspects, we all the time heard, like everyone else, proper? And then, you understand, we see, ‘Oh, wow, they recorded that? How fascinating!'”

One specifically that stands out for them is “Gone, Gone, Gone”:

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The album was produced by somebody who additionally is aware of what it is wish to be the youngster of a rock star: Adria Petty, daughter of Tom Petty. “I’m a rabid Everly Brothers fan,” she mentioned. “I even named my daughter Everly, with my dad’s urging. I’m a type of folks!”

Tom Petty died in 2017, however he handed on to Adria his respect for the Everly Brothers. “There could be no Crosby, Stills & Nash, there’d be no Beatles,” she mentioned. “John and Paul used to play Don and Phil after they strive to determine their preparations.

Adria Petty. 

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“When somebody requested me why I used to be doing this, I used to be like, as a result of dad would not have existed with out them,” Adria mentioned.

In 1986 when the brothers obtained their star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Tom Petty was there. “So many individuals are credited with influencing the rock period, however these guys actually did, extra so than anybody I can consider, nearly,” he mentioned then.

Jason mentioned, “When they went into the studio to report, say, ‘Bye Bye, Love,’ it began out nation and it got here out a rock ‘n’ roll basic. And it blew everyone’s thoughts.”

Stacy Everly, daughter of Don, and Jason Everly, son of Phil.

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The brothers grew up acting on nation radio with their dad and mom, Ike and Margaret. Don was simply 13 when he sang on a rare 1950 recording from an Iowa station. Just a number of years later the brothers headed to Nashville.

The Everlys’ songs of teenage love and teenage angst someway turned extra poignant with their brotherly concord. By 1960 they have been so standard that Warner Brothers signed them to a record-breaking contract. “It was the greatest recording contract in music historical past at the time,” mentioned Jason. “I imply, $1 million, that was loopy speak.”

“Cathy’s Clown” turned the Everlys’ biggest-selling report ever: 

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But by 1964 their gross sales have been dwindling. “Things modified,” mentioned Jason. “The Beatles got here alongside, and music advanced and exploded once more in an entire new method.”

The Everly Brothers continued to tour till 1973, when all of it ended instantly, proper in the center of a present, when Phil threw down his guitar.

They reunited ten years later and, as Phil Everly put it, their bond remained. In 1984 Phil mentioned, “Because you are brothers, you sing a sure method collectively and you’ve got a sure background that works and meshes collectively. But it is as a result of we’re brothers that we’re again collectively, not as a result of we make music, however as a result of we’re brothers.”

As one thing of a coda to their profession, in 2003 they carried out with one other reunited duo, Simon and Garfunkel.

Stacy mentioned, “I feel it was two individuals who may really perceive what that they had been by means of, too, ‘trigger it is two guys that sang so intently collectively as properly, like brothers, and had their ups and downs as properly by means of the years.”

Simon And Garfunkel In Concert In Hyde Park, London, Britain - 15 Jul 2004
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel carry out with the Everly Brothers in Hyde Park, London, July 15, 2004.  

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In their early years, as Don Everly famous in 1984, rock music was thought of a passing fad: “Pop music is a fickle mistress, and tastes change, they arrive and go. But inform you what, rock ‘n’ roll lasted. And that was the factor they have been telling us all alongside: It’s by no means going to final. It’s by no means going to final.

But it is nonetheless right here – and the music of the Everly Brothers nonetheless rocks, practically seven a long time later.

Listen to “Hey Doll Baby” by the Everly Brothers on YouTube:

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Story produced by Ed Forgotson. Editor: Remington Korper.

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