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It was a dream come true for Phil and Don Everly, who grew up performing in their parents’ regional country band, when their first two hits went to the top of both the country and pop charts.

And fans had no "Problems" either, snapping up copies of "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Suzie," "Bird Dog" and a gang of other hits up through their move from Cadence to Warner Brothers where they recorded their last number one hit, "Cathy’s Clown."

Their background and their basic sound was country, and the duo who wrote many of their hits, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, had scored big success with country songs in the past. But the boys were teenagers of the mid 1950’s and rock & roll was in the air. It was inevitable that they would punch up their sound with a stronger beat, and the combination of brotherly harmonies and a rockin’ country instrumental backing made them a smash success.

The brothers had an acrimonious split in the late 1960’s, but reunited for a sparkling TV special and a few albums in the mid-1980’s.

Of their early albums, the least commercial was Songs Our Daddy Taught Us—a collection of traditional songs that is one of my favorites. Thankfully this album was reissued on CD a few years ago.

In 2001, Warner Brothers reissued their original albums on CD, two per CD. These appear to be no longer available as of 2021. Both CDs from the first one are available individually on Amazon: It's Everly Time, one of the best albums of all time, and A Date With the Everly Brothers. Many Everly Brothers CDs are  available on EBay.

The Everly Brothers top ten hits:* "Bye Bye Love" (2), "Wake Up Little Susie" (3), "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (1), "Bird Dog" (1), "Devoted to You" (10), "Problems" (2), "(‘Til) I Kissed You" (4), "Let it Be Me" (7), "Cathy’s Clown" (1), "When Will I Be Loved" (8), "So Sad to Watch Good Love Go Bad" (7), "Walk Right Back" (7), "Ebony Eyes" (8), "Crying in the Rain" (6), "That’s Old Fashioned" (9).

--Dick Estel, updated August 2006 and August 2021

RIP Phil - January 19, 1939 - January 3, 2014

RIP Don - February 1, 1937 - August 21, 2021

Odd fact: Their mother was stil alive when Don died, either 101 or 102 depending on which web site you read.

*Billboard pop singles chart, as reported in the book Top 40 Hits, copyright 1992 by Joel Whitburn.


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Updated August 27, 2021