Our music legends are leaving us. Phil Everly, paired with his older brother Don as the Everly Brothers, died on January 3 at the age of 74. People may remember them as late 1950s stars. However, they did headline at Fillmore West in San Francisco on August 3, 1969.
The brothers started their careers as children on their father’s live radio show that aired at 6 a.m. After performing, they had to go to school. Their first hit song was “Bye, Bye Love.” Apparently, 30 other artists turned down the opportunity to record the song. In 1957, it became their first million-selling record. Here is a clip of them singing with some great old photos of the duo:
By the mid-1960s, the Everly Brothers were more popular in England that in the USA. While the Beatles were playing their last concert at Candlestick Park in August of 1966, the Everly Brothers released an album called, “Two Yanks in England.” Here they are in 1967 singing a lesser known song called “Bowling Green,” their last recoding to make it onto the music charts:
The pair continued performing until 1973 when Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage at a concert at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California. The duo reunited in 1983 and once again performed and recorded together, making their last headlining tour in 2005 in Great Britain. The Everly Brothers are recognized as #33 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Times” list.