Otis Redding Plane Part, 1967.
Recovered from Madison, WI crash site 12/10/67.
Photo by Design Photography
Collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
|Crying in the Rain|
|Let It Be Me|
|('Til) I Kissed You|
|Bye Bye Love|
|Devoted to You|
|All I Have to Do Is Dream|
|When Will I Be Loved|
|Wake Up Little Susie|
Phil and Don transformed the Appalachian folk, bluegrass and country sounds of their Kentucky boyhood into a richly harmonized form of rock and roll. The sons of entertainers Margaret and Ike Everly, a traveling country and western team, the Everly Brothers performed as part of the family act on radio and in concert. On their own, they sang beguilingly of adolescent romance in crisp, shimmering voices. With Don taking the melody and Phil harmonizing above him, the Everlys released a steady string of hit records between 1957-1962 that crossed over from country to pop and even R&B charts.
The duo rose to prominence on the Cadence label, cutting songs written for them by the husband and wife team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The Bryants wrote and the Everlys sang eloquently of teenage devotion and heartbreak, as well as tragicomic situations. The Bryant-penned Everlys hits include such timeless favorites as "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Devoted to You," "Bird Dog," "Poor Jenny" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream." The brothers themselves became accomplished songwriters, authoring such original hits as "Cathy's Clown," "When Will I Be Loved" and "(‘Til) I Kissed You."
The Everly Brothers' Suits
In 1960 the duo signed a ten-year contract with Warner Bros. and recorded prolifically during the following decade. Even though the hits stopped flowing in 1962, the Everly Brothers influence continued to spread. Their close-harmony singing directly influenced a rising tide of musicians that included the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Byrds. The duo broke up somewhat acrimoniously in 1973, only to come together ten years later at an emotional reunion concert on the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall. Subsequently, they resumed their partnership onstage and in the studio.
February 1, 1937
Don Everly is born in Brownie, Kentucky.
January 19, 1939
Phil Everly is born in Chicago, Illinois.
Guitarist Ike Everly launches his own early-morning music show over radio station KMA, in Shenandoah, Iowa. His two young sons eventually become regulars.
Through the intercession of Nashville legend Chet Atkins, one of Don Everly's songs, "Thou Shalt Not Steal," is recorded by country star Kitty Wells.
November 9, 1955
Briefly signed to Columbia, Don and Phil Everly record four songs for the label, released on two singles that go nowhere.
February 1, 1957
Song publisher and manager Wesley Rose persuades New York-based Cadence Records to sign the Everly Brothers.
May 25, 1957
"Bye Bye Love," the first of many songs by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant that will be made famous by the Everly Brothers, enters the Top Forty. A million seller, it holds at #2 for four weeks.
August 4, 1957
The Everly Brothers perform "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie" on The Ed Sullivan Show. The same year, they also appear on The Grand Ole Opry and TV variety shows hosted by Perry Como, Alan Freed, Patti Page and Arthur Murray.
October 14, 1957
"Wake Up Little Susie" tops the pop charts for two weeks, becoming the Everly Brothers' second million-seller.
May 6, 1958
All I Have to Do Is Dream (The Everly Brothers) was a hit.
February 7, 1959
Phil Everly serves as a pallbearer at Buddy Holly's funeral.
February 17, 1960
The Everly Brothers leave Cadence for Warner Bros., where they remain for the entirety of the Sixties.
May 17, 1960
Cathy's Clown (The Everly Brothers) was a hit.
May 1, 1966
'Two Yanks in England' is recorded in London with eight pseudonymous songs and musical backing from the Hollies, who are among the Everly Brothers' most devoted fans. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (later of Led Zeppelin) also participate in the sessions.
July 8, 1967
The Everly Brothers cracks the U.S. Top Forty for the last time, with the autobiographical song "Bowling Green," written by their British bass player.
The Everly Brothers host a summer-replacement variety show, Johnny Cash Presents the Everly Brothers, which fills in for The Johnny Cash Show at Cash's instigation.
February 1, 1973
'Pass the Chicken and Listen', the second of two albums for RCA, is released. It is the last collection of new material from the Everly Brothers, who will thereupon record solo, until 1984.
July 14, 1973
A long-simmering feud between the two Everly brothers erupts onstage during a concert in California. Their breakup is announced to the crowd by Don Everly, who completes the concert with a solo set.
SEPTEMBER 22-23, 1983
Ten years after parting ways, the Everly Brothers reunite onstage for two concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. The event is taped and released as Reunion Concert, an album and home video.
November 1, 1984
The album EB 84, produced by Dave Edmunds, is released. Paul McCartney contributes a song, "On the Wings of a Nightingale," which becomes a #4 single in Britain. The album fares well in both countries.
January 23, 1986
The Everly Brothers are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City. Neil Young is their presenter.