Phil Everly passed away on January 3, 2014. He was 74 years old.
With his brother Don, the Everly Brothers were one of the most important rock musicians of the past century. Their sweet harmonies paired with propulsive beats, heavily influenced the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, and countless generations of rock, folk and country singers.
The clip is from the 1957 Julius La Rosa show
Truth is, I don’t listen to a lot of music. I find it distracting. And I’m not interested in laying back and relaxing. There only 30 songs on my playlist. But five of those songs are Everly Brothers tunes. I frequently listen to music when I’m on my daily walk. Phil and Don’s exquisite, upbeat harmonies make me feel happy and optimistic.
One of the other reasons I like the music of Phil and Don Everly is because they represent traditional harmony and musical craft, instead of the childish rebellion that typifies most rock music and iconography. Rebellion, which, at the core, represents a deep and shallow conformity.
Here’s “Wake Up Little Susie,” also from 1957.
And “When Will I Be Loved,” from American Bandstand, 1960.