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The Everly Brothers
Formed: 1954 in Kentucky
Disbanded: 1973
Active: '50s-2010s Major
Styles: Close Harmony, Early Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll Major
Members: Phil Everly, Don Everly Representative
Albums: "The Fabulous Style of the Everly Brothers", "Walk Right
Back: The Everly Brothers on Warner Bros.", "Heartaches & Harmonies" Representative
Songs: "All I Have to Do Is Dream", "Wake Up Little Susie", "Bye Bye Love"

UPC Type Title
5060283307185 (i) CD 101-Cathy's Clown: Best of the Everly Brothers
4000127156181 (i) CD 1955-60 Classic
030206621723 CD 1957-60-Complete Cadence Recor
724348561626 (i) CD 20 Great Love Songs
5051865087229 (i) CD 50 Years of Hits
805520130554 (i) CD Absolutely Essential Recording
885150332245 (i) CD All I Have to Do Is Dream (America's Dream Boys)
604988054620 (i) CD All We Had to Do Was Dream
715187731127 CD All-Time Greatest Hits
5397102173257 (i) CD Ballads of the Everly Brothers
715187747227 CD Best of-Rare Solo Classics
636551417921 (i) CD Brothers in Rhythm
5051035103025 (i) CD Bye Bye Love
4011222325143 (i) CD Bye Bye Love
3700139308059 (i) CD Bye Bye Love (Mini LP Sleeve)
081227525828 CD Cadence Classics-20 Greatest
4000127167910 (i) CD Chained to a Memory 1966-72
829421148302 CD Christmas with the Everly Brothers (Orig
7898929399359 (i) CD Colecao Anthology
755174834929 CD Country Classics
886919759723 CD Country: The Everly Brothers
8436542013574 (i) CD Date with the Everly Brothers + the Fabulous Style
5050457108526 (i) CD Date with the Everly Brothers
4943674149360 (i) CD Date with the Everly Brothers
081227410926 CD Definitive Pop
030206609622 CD Devoted to You-Love Songs
5014797675414 (i) CD Don & Phil: The Essential Guide
8712177055135 (i) CD Dream Dream Dream
030206644623 CD Essential Cadence Singles
5060143493942 (i) CD Essential
805520090964 (i) CD Essential Early Recordings
5051503202229 CD Everly Brothers
617917201620 CD Everly Brothers: Vol. 1-Live
4014513000682 CD Everly Brothers (Greatest Hits)
9317206027634 (i) CD Everly Brothers 12 Classics Hits
698458031228 (i) CD Everly Brothers
9317206032546 (i) CD Everly Brothers
5050457033323 (i) CD Everly Brothers
8436542012539 (i) Vinyl Everly Brothers
690978395521 (i) CD Faboulous
029667790628 (i) CD Fabulous Everly Brothers
4988002555574 (i) CD Fabulous Style of (Mini LP Sleeve)
5050457100025 (i) CD Fabulous Style of the Everly Brothers
5036408133922 (i) CD Five Classic Albums
8712177056668 (i) Vinyl For Always
012676043922 CD Golden Hits (Cadence Masters
5050457127923 (i) CD Golden Hits of the Everly Brothers
829421147107 Vinyl Golden Hits of the Everly Brothers
9325583032608 (i) CD Golden Years
029667190329 (i) CD Greatest Recordings
723721412555 CD Heartache & Harmony
081227524128 CD Hits
093624786924 (i) CD It's Everly Time+a Date with
5050457099428 (i) CD It's Everly Time
4943674149353 (i) CD It's Everly Time
096009374822 CD Live
8712177060450 (i) CD Long Play Collection: 6 Original Albums Plus
5051035102929 (i) CD Love Hurts
731458484226 (i) CD Millennium Collection-20th Century Masters
081227980184 (i) CD Original Album Series
029667154420 (i) CD Original British Hit Singles
4000127159311 (i) CD Outtakes
4000127165114 (i) CD Price of Fame-1960-65
625282120729 CD Reunion Concert
801213705696 DVD Reunion Concert
5397102173219 (i) CD Rock
5051503109016 CD Rock N Roll Classics
029667107525 (i) CD Songs Our Daddy Taught Us
5397102173554 (i) CD Songs Our Daddy Taught Us Bonus! Songs Our Daddy
4988017673782 (i) CD Stories We Could Tell
029667021425 (i) CD They're Off & Rollin'
4988002555567 (i) CD They're Off & Rolling Says Archie (Mini LP Sleeve)
081227976415 CD Very Best
081227994273 CD Very Best of the Everly Brothers
075992716123 (i) CD Very Best of Everly Brothers
090431290323 CD Vol. 1-Very Best of Everly Brothers
081227761028 (i) CD Vol. 2-Everly Brothe Rs-Platinum Colleciotn
090431290422 CD Vol. 2-Very Best of Everly Brothers
081227533625 CD Wake Up Little Susie & Other Hits
636551080125 CD When Will I Be Loved

Biography: 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).

Don (born February 1, 1937) and Phil (born January 19, 1939) were professionals way before their teens, schooled by their accomplished guitarist father Ike, and singing with their family on radio broadcasts in Iowa. In the mid-'50s, they made a brief stab at conventional Nashville country with Columbia. When their single flopped, they were cast adrift for quite a while until they latched onto Cadence. Don invested their first single for the label, "Bye Bye Love," with a Bo Diddley beat that helped lift the song to number two in 1957.

"Bye Bye Love" began a phenomenal three-year string of classic hit singles for Cadence, including "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Bird Dog," "('Til) I Kissed You," and "When Will I Be Loved." The Everlys sang of young love with a heart-rending yearning and compelling melodies. The harmonies owed audible debts to Appalachian country music, but were imbued with a keen modern pop sensibility that made them more accessible without sacrificing any power or beauty. They were not as raw as the wild rockabilly men from Sun Records, but they could rock hard when they wanted. Even their midtempo numbers and ballads were executed with a force missing in the straight country and pop tunes of the era. The duo enjoyed a top-notch support team of producer Archie Bleyer, great Nashville session players like Chet Atkins, and the brilliant songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Don, and occasionally Phil, wrote excellent songs of their own as well.

In 1960, the Everlys left Cadence for a lucrative contract with the then-young Warner Bros. label (though it's not often noted, the Everlys would do a lot to establish Warners as a major force in the record business). It's sometimes been written that the duo never recaptured the magic of their Cadence recordings, but actually Phil and Don peaked both commercially and artistically with their first Warners releases. "Cathy's Clown," their first Warners single, was one of their greatest songs and a number one hit. Their first two Warners LPs, employing a fuller and brasher production than their Cadence work, were not just among their best work, but two of the best rock albums of the early '60s. The hits kept coming for a couple of years, some great ("Walk Right Back," "Temptation"), some displaying a distressing, increasing tendency toward soft pop and maudlin sentiments ("Ebony Eyes," "That's Old Fashioned").

Don and Phil's personal lives came under a lot of stress in the early '60s: they enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserves (together), and studied acting for six months but never made a motion picture. More seriously, Don developed an addiction to speed and almost died of an overdose in late 1962. By that time, their career as chart titans in the U.S. had ended; "That's Old Fashioned" (1962) was their last Top Ten hit. Their albums became careless, erratic affairs, which was all the more frustrating because many of their flop singles of the time were fine, even near-classic efforts that demonstrated they could still deliver the goods.

Virtually alone among first-generation rock & roll superstars, the Everlys stuck with no-nonsense rock & roll and remained determined to keep their sound contemporary, rather than drifting toward soft pop or country like so many others. Although their mid-'60s recordings were largely ignored in America, they contained some of their finest work, including a ferocious Top 40 single in 1964 ("Gone, Gone, Gone"). They remained big stars overseas -- in 1965, "Price of Love" went to number two in the U.K. at the height of the British Invasion. They incorporated jangling Beatle/Byrdesque guitars into some of their songs and recorded a fine album with the Hollies (who were probably more blatantly influenced by the Everlys than any other British band of the time). In the late '60s, they helped pioneer country-rock with the 1968 album Roots, their most sophisticated and unified full-length statement. None of this revived their career as hitmakers, though they could always command huge audiences on international tours and hosted a network TV variety show in 1970.

The decades of enforced professional togetherness finally took their toll on the pair in the early '70s, which saw a few dispirited albums and, finally, an acrimonious breakup in 1973. They spent the next decade performing solo, which only proved -- as is so often the case in close-knit artistic partnerships -- how much each brother needed the other to sound his best. In 1983, enough water had flowed under the bridge for the two to resume performing and recording together. The tours, with a backup band led by guitarist Albert Lee, proved they could still sing well. The records (both live and studio) were fair efforts that, in the final estimation, were not in nearly the same league as their '50s and '60s classics, although Paul McCartney penned a small hit single for them ("On the Wings of a Nightingale"). One of the more successful and dignified reunions in the rock annals, the Everlys continued to perform live, although they didn't release albums together after the late '80s. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi