1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Everly Brothers Donald Everly, (b.1937), Philip Everly, (b.1939)
Famous POP hit single during the 50s: Wake Up Little Susie 1957
also had hits with Bye, Bye Love in 1957, All I Have To Do Is Dream in 1958, (‘Til) I Kissed You in 1959, and Cathy’s Clown in 1960.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957 - 1967 Record Label: Cadence
Isaac Donald Everly, was born in Brownie, Kentucky, and younger brother, Phillip in Chicago. The boys grew up in Iowa, and at ages 8 and 6 began to perform on their parents’ live radio shows. Their dad encouraged them to sing and taught them to play guitar. By 1950, the radio show had become known as ‘The Everly Family Show.’ The Everly Brothers compelling melodies mixed early rock ‘n’ roll elements with country and pop music and a close two-part harmony. The duo enjoyed support from guitarist Chet Atkins and producer Archie Bleyer. The Everly Brothers discovered a hit formula with Bye Bye Love: Boudleaux Bryant’s rhythms, Felice Bryant’s lyrics, Don’s guitar introductions, and Phil’s harmony. Their next hit, Wake Up Little Susie, again written by husband and wife songwriters, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, became their second million seller. Bye Bye Love began a string of 26 top-forty singles for The Everly Brothers whose worldwide record sales topped 40 million.
The Everly Brothers' Best 45rpm Single Recordings: