The Everly Brothers

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

The Everly Brothers Pencil Portrait
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While few adult siblings sever their ties completely, approximately one-third of them describe their relationship as rivalrous or distant. They don’t get along with their sibling or have little in common, spend limited time together, and use words like “competitive,” “humiliating,” and “hurtful” to depict their childhoods. The speed with which old conflicts reduce these adults to children again, prevents them from seeing one another in a new or different light. They push each other’s buttons without knowing why or how, and recast themselves in childhood roles that never worked in the first place.

The Everly Brothers – Phil and Don – were compelled to sing together from childhood, when they would perform on their family‚Äôs Country and Western radio show. Whereas most brothers are allowed to go their own way in life, The Everlys were tied together by the beauty of their harmonies, an intricate vocal tapestry that yielded some unforgettable classic hits between 1957 and 1962. They continued to record quality material – the albums ‘Roots’ (1968) and ‘EB 84’ (1984) being obvious examples – but sustaining their early fire would prove difficult. At the very peak of their fame, disastrous business decisions would derail their careers, and the arrival of the British Invasion – spearheaded by The Beatles – would herald their departure from the charts. Whilst many American acts were similarly affected, there was a bitter irony to the brothers’ commercial demise, so influential being their close harmony work, now so prominently featured on their rivals’ record releases.

By 1973, tensions had ripped the siblings apart, and a ten year feud would ensue.

Recommended listening

The Everly Brothers (1958)

A Date with The Everly Brothers (1960)

Roots (1968)

EB '84 (1984)

Short on fireworks, but high on production values, producer Dave Edmunds fashions an engaging retro-fit for the 80’s generation.

Recorded at Maison Rouge Studios, London, England, the brothers were sufficiently enthused by the audience reaction to their televised Albert hall reunion concert the previous year, to record some fresh material.

McCartney contributes “On the Wings of a Nightingale,” a medium paced acoustic charmer tailor made for the boys, and Jeff Lynne’s ethereal “The Story of Me,” adds to the album’s contemporaneous feel.

Elsewhere, there’s much to savour – a gorgeous reinvention of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” – and some bittersweet themes of love and loss on two reflective numbers, “Following the Sun” and Don’s original “Asleep.”

Ably supported by a first rate studio crew – Albert Lee (solo guitar), Richard Tandy and Pete Wingfield on keyboards, john Giblin on bass and Gerry Conway on drums – the brothers overcome personality issues to craft a fine ‘comeback’ album. They would hit the road again, touring the US in ’85 with an oldies heavy show, that also showcased some of the newer material.

More than thirty years on, the album retains its sense of frisky adventurousness, whilst remaining criminally unavailable on official CD and download.