Now these boys could write a tune…
It’s funny how some talent seems to be easily forgotten. The Everly Brothers’ close harmonies influenced the likes of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel – yet, their catalogue of songs seems to be stuck in the ‘50s, isolated from the commercialism of the ‘60s. The fact that their greatest hits end up coming out on a cheap K-Tel compilation such as this in the ‘80s speaks volumes. They just don’t seem to get the respect they deserve, probably as a result of their material endlessly changing hands and ending up with a record company that doesn’t really know how to present them as culturally significant and relevant songwriters.
Don and Phil were such an influence on John and Paul that they even get a namecheck on Wings’ Let Em In (from 1976’s Wings At The Speed Of Sound): ‘Sister Suzie, Brother John, Martin Luther, Phil And Don, Brother Michael, Auntie Gin, open the door and let ’em in.’ It’s hardly poetic. In fact, it’s McCartney at his laziest best, but there they are, the Everly Brothers, knocking on his door. Or ringing his doorbell actually.
Hit: All I Have To Do Is Dream
Hidden Gem: So Sad