The Everly Brothers

TrackAlbum/Single
Cathy'’s ClownA Date With the Everly Brothers LP
The CollectorTwo Yanks In England LP
Cryin'’ In The RainCryin'’ In The Rain / I’'m Not Angry
The Ferris WheelGone, Gone, Gone LP
The Girl Sang The BluesThe Girl Sang The Blues / Love Her
Green RiverStories We Could Tell LP
Let It Be MeLet It Be Me / Since You Broke My Heart
Nancy’'s MinuetSo It Always Will Be LP
Poor JennyTake A Message To Mary / Poor Jenny
So SadIt'’s Everly Time LP
('‘Til) I Kissed You(‘'Til) I Kissed You / Oh What A Feeling
When Will I Be LovedWhen Will I Be Loved / Be-Bop-A-Lula

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Contributor: Merric Davidson

Don & Phil Everly released their first record in 1956 and I probably heard them for the first time the following year, aged 10. Some thirty years later, they were among the first 10 artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, introduced by Neil Young who observed that all his bands “had tried and failed to copy the Everly Brothers’ harmonies”. Their output in the first few years was phenomenal, instantly recognizable and hugely successful across the world, with a particularly faithful following in the UK.

“Jenny has a brother and he’s hot on my trail, her daddy wants to ride me out of town on a rail …” I tried to make it 10 but that was impossible, so 12 it is. It could obviously have been many more: Dream, Suzie, Bye Bye Love, but that’s the catch … and I cheated.

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6 Comments

  1. Nathan Davidson
    Jul 1, 2013

    How about that classic double A-side from ’61, a massive number one in the UK, Walk Right Back/Ebony Eyes?

  2. Merric Davidson
    Jul 1, 2013

    But that would have made it up to 13 tracks – or 14 to be precise – and I couldn’t have given myself that permission. Fine double A-side though!

  3. Peter Viney
    Oct 2, 2013

    A friend who was ditching vinyl gave me their Golden Hits of The Everly Brothers LP the other day. I already had it on CD, but the vinyl was an album everyone I knew owned except me, and I always wanted it. The twelve tracks summed up the start of the Everlys switch from Cadence (UK London-American) to Warner Brothers. I’d take ten of the twelve right away, as it’s the strongest memory I have of them and in the sequence I know and love: That’s Old Fashioned, How Can I Meet Her, Crying In The Rain, Don’t Blame Me, Ebony Eyes, Cathy’s Clown, Walk Right Back, Lucille, So Sad, Temptation. (I’d skip I’m Not Angry and Muskrat). That album is definitive Everly Brothers for me. But a mere ten?

    Can I stick to just that album? I also love their 1964-65 run of phenomenal later British hits that did less well in America: Ferris Wheel, Gone Gone Gone, The Price Of Love, Love Is Strange.

    Then reach back to London-American 1957-1960 (for Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream, (Til) I Kissed You, Claudette, Let It Be Me. And how about their 1984 reunion The Wings Of A Nightingale, given them by Paul McCartney?

    Doh! That’s twenty-one. And I haven’t even started on LP tracks yet.

  4. Peter Viney
    Nov 24, 2013

    Due out tomorrow: “Foreverly” by Billie Joe & Norah: which is Billie Joe Armstrong (from Green Day) and Norah Jones, and is a recreation of The Everly Brothers “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.”

    This is the second Everlys tribute in a year, following Dawn McCarthy & Boniie “Prince” Billy’s “What The Brothers Sang.”

  5. Merric Davidson
    Jan 4, 2014

    Phil Everly (19 January 1939 – 3 January 2014) rest in peace

  6. Ian Ashleigh
    Jan 4, 2014

    I was reading this post on New Year’s Day when I decided to find TopperPost #1.

    My parents had the singles of Cathy’s Clown – which I remember Dave Cash playing regularly on Radio 1 in the late 1960s – and also Walk Right Back/Ebony Eyes both with a red Warner Brothers label.

    Sad news.

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