Feb 6, 2009
EVERLY BROTHERS - "THEY'RE OFF AND ROLLING" (CADENCE 1958) Japan K2-HD mastering cardboard sleeve + 14 bonus
The Everly Brothers (Don Everly, born Isaac Donald Everly February 1, 1937, Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Phil Everly, born Phillip Everly, January 19, 1939, Chicago, Illinois) are brothers and top-selling country influenced rock and roll performers, known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing. The Everlys are the most successful U.S. rock and roll duo on the Hot 100. Their greatest period came between 1957 and 1964.
They were competent guitarists, and used a simple harmony mostly based on parallel thirds. With this, each line can often stand on its own as a melody line. This is in contrast to classic harmony lines which, while working well alongside the melody, sound strange by themselves. One example of their close harmony is "Devoted to You".
The duo's harmony singing had a strong influence on rock and roll groups of the 1960s. The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Simon and Garfunkel developed their early singing style by performing Everly covers. The Beatles based the vocal arrangement of "Please Please Me" upon "Cathy's Clown."
The Everly Brothers recorded their first single, "Keep A' Lovin' Me", in 1956, under Chet Atkins, but it flopped. However their next, "Bye Bye Love", been rejected by 30 other acts, including Elvis Presley), reached #2 on the pop charts behind Presley's "Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear", hitting #1 on the Country and the R&B charts. The song, written by the husband and wife Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, became the Everly Brothers' first million-seller.
They became stalwarts of Archie Bleyer's Cadence Records label. Working with the Bryants, the duo had hits in the United States and the United Kingdom, the biggest "Wake Up Little Susie", "All I Have to Do Is Dream", and "Bird Dog". Others in this period include "Problems" (#2) and "('Til) I Kissed You" (#4)..[wiki]