Category: The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers – It’s Everly Time

ARTIST: The Everly Brothers                                 Itseverlytime

TITLE: It’s Everly Time

YEAR RELEASED: 1960

CHART ACTION: #9 US, #2 UK

SINGLES: So sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) (#7 US, #4 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not now, no.

LINEUP: Don Everly, Phil Everly, Chet Atkins, Sugarfoot Garland, James Clayton, Floyd Chance, Floyd Cramer, Buddy Harman

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First set for Warner Brothers by the Everly Brothers is a bit more polished than their Cadence Records, but still has the same feel as their 50’s work.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While there was only one hit single on this album (released to fight off some singles from their old company), this 12-song set from the Everly Brothers is every bit as quality as their older material.

The close harmonies, the spare-ish production, and the heartfelt feel of the songs are all there. The brothers show their penchant for love songs, happy and sad, but also faster numbers like “Just In Case”. Warner’s could have presented most of these songs as singles and made bank.

It’s only 27 minutes long, but well worth the effort to stream or buy.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their old record company had released a hits package in 1959, and then another record of older material right when this was coming out.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A: A hidden gem in the Everly Brothers’ catalog.

The Everly Brothers – Songs Our Daddy Taught Us

ARTIST: The Everly Brothers SongsOurDaddyTaughtUs

TITLE:  Songs Our Daddy Taught Us

YEAR RELEASED: 1958

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you have a background in old time folk and country, then you’d know a lot of these songs..

LINEUP: Don Everly, Phil Everly, Floyd Chance.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A full album of country and folk songs that definitely lived up to the title of the record.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Either it was courageous, fearless, or a miscalculation. The Everly Brothers second album was a throwback to a simpler time, full of songs that were old-timey even in 1958.

The rock-and-roll kids who loved the Everly Brothers didn’t flock to this. There were no singles released and it didn’t chart. This may have been calculated to help the Everly Brothers with the parents of the teenagers that bought their records. Or, most likely, they loved these songs and wanted to do them and had leverage with Cadence thanks to their hits.

The brothers sing heavenly. The accompaniment is sparse, but exactly what was needed (two acoustic guitars and a stand up bass). The issue is that over an album, it gets a bit long and kind of repetitive.  It’s a decent tribute to the old songs, though, and if you like close harmony singing on good ol’ time songs, this is one for you.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Kentucky” is a song they kept in their repertoire for years.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B: Good singing and fine renditions of these old songs.

The Everly Brothers – The Everly Brothers

ARTIST: The Everly Brothers TheEverlyBrothers(album)
TITLE: The Everly Brothers
YEAR RELEASED: 1958
CHART ACTION: #16
SINGLES: Bye Bye Love (#2 US, #1 Country, #5 R&B, #6 UK), Wake Up Little Susie (#1 US, #1 Country, #1 R&B, #2 UK), This Little Girl of Mine (#26, #1 Country), I Wonder If I Care As Much (#2)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They covered Ray Charles and Little Richard here as well.
LINEUP: Don Everly, Phil Everly + session players not credited (of course).
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from brotherly icons that fused country and R&B together to make good rock-and-roll with the added bonus of outstanding harmony singing.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Songs like “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie” are so much part of our culture and history that you tend to forget that at one point they were new, fresh, and controversial. Listening to an entire set of the Everly Brothers from 1958 and you understand – you KNOW why they crossed over to all audiences. They are sincere performers.

Whether they wrote the song, they covered a known song or were singing songs from the husband and wife team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, they exuded a joy in their singing and performing. Their harmonies are chilling to this day, especially on “I Wonder If I Care As Much”. The production puts the focus on the voices without diminishing the band.

A couple of the covers seem a little bit out of their league, really. They really shine on the new material and that’s why they became stars.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Thirty acts rejected “Bye Bye Love” before the Everlys took it and struck gold.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: A: Probably one of the defining albums of 50’s rock-and-roll, and one that works for the most part as an artistic statement.