New Music for Old People: A Tribute to Don Everly and the Late Phil Everly

Honoring a lifetime of great, classic music

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I literally grew up on the Everly Brothers, as I am sure many of you did. They were amazingly consistent and had a unique blend and sound that will remain untouchable forever. Our paths crossed starting about 1958 when, as a non-shaving member of the group The Royal Teens, I played shows alongside many of the big acts of those times, including the Everlys, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackie Wilson, Larry Williams, etc. In later years, when I worked in-house for various record companies, we would meet again. When I moved to Nashville in 1989, I would often see this headband-wearing guy who looked like a Hell's Angel at the Kroger grocery store in Green Hills until one day I realized it was Don Everly (!) in biker guise.

Their music influenced me all along and I think I have more Everly Brothers LPs in the house than any other artist (except maybe The Kinks). So I pulled out a mere 16 of my favorite tracks and spent some time trying to make as chronological and yet seamless a playing order as I could. In the end the chronology is a wee bit off because I’m obsessive, as a DJ and a live performer, about making sure two songs in a row are NEVER in the same key, etc. etc. So today we start off on their dad’s local radio show circa 1951 (?) with 13-year-old Phil introducing the first song, their monumental start-off hit “Bye Bye Love,” through the miracle of editing. I know some great ones were left off — “Let It Be Me," "Til I Kissed You," etc. — but one has to stop SOMEWHERE with a discography like theirs and a weekly column like mine.

I closed with some obscure tracks that I REALLY love — Howling Wolf’s "Meet Me in the Bottom" and probably my favorite Everly track of all time, “Lord of the Manor.” There were two versions of that song released by them — one is a live slow version, and the other is a much faster studio recording. I spliced them together starting with the slow one. I hope you enjoy this and that you shed a tear for the loss of baby brother Phil — and therefore the end of future performances by the one-of-a-kind greatest duo in pop/country music; perhaps of all time.

I have included a Nashville-made documentary of their careers although it is entirely Don’s narration and it made me miss Phil even more. It’s totally worth watching, however, if you’re a fan.

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1. Intro: Ike & Phil Everly/"Bye Bye Love"

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2. "Maybe Tomorrow"

3. "Wake Up, Little Susie"

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4. I Wonder If I Care as Much

5. "I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail"

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Phil Everly and Al, 2002

6. "Claudette"

7. "Brand New Heartache"

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8. "Cathy’s Clown"

9. "All I Have to Do Is Dream"

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Al and the Everlys, in the '80s; just to be complete, that is Polygram record exec Bas Hartung between me and the Bros.

10. "Walk Right Back"

11. "So Sad to Watch Good Love Go Bad"

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12. "Gone, Gone, Gone"

13. "When Will I Be Loved"

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14. "Like Strangers"

15. "Meet Me in the Bottom"

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16. "The Lord of the Manor"

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