Everly Brothers. (Juice file photo)
Everly Brothers playlist: You know them better than you think
Published on January 4th, 2014 | by Joe Lawler
Even if you can’t immediately think of an Everly Brothers song, you surely know a song that was influenced by them.
The Beatles, the Hollies, the Beach Boys — pretty much anyone using vocal harmonies owes a debt to Phil and Don Everly. Their music has been covered by Simon and Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Kermit the Frog.
Earlier this year, the Chapin Sisters released a tribute album, “A Date With the Everly Brothers,” and Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day released “Foreverly” in November. The latter album is a re-interpretation of the brothers’ 1958 album, “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.”
The Everly Brothers were in the first class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and another act forever associated with Iowa, Buddy Holly. Their placement there was well earned, as Phil and Don Everly were every bit the rock and roll pioneers as the other acts.
They helped shape a genre of music, and their songs live on in covers and radio replays.