Everly Brothers – Harmonies from Heaven airs Thursday, March 1 at 9pm on THIRTEEN.
The Everly Brothers are arguably the greatest harmony duo the world has witnessed, who directly influenced the greatest and most successful bands of the 60s and 70s – The Beatles, The Stones, The Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel to name but a few.
Don and Phil Everly’s love of music began as children, encouraged by their father Ike. Little Donnie and Baby Boy Phil sang on Ike’s early morning radio shows in Iowa.
After leaving school, the brothers moved to Nashville where, under the wing of Ike Everly’s friend, the highly talented musician Chet Atkins, Don and Phil signed with Cadence Records. They exploded onto the music scene in 1957 with “Bye Bye Love,” written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.
After “Bye Bye Love” came other successes, notably “Wake Up Little Susie,” followed by the worldwide smash hit “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and a long string of other great songs.
By 1960, however, the brothers were lured away from Cadence to Warner Bros with a $1,000,000 contract. Their biggest hit followed, the self-penned “Cathy’s Clown,” which sold 8 million copies. Remaining at Warner Bros for most of the 60s, they had further success with “Walk Right Back,” “So Sad” and the King/Greenfield-penned track, “Crying in the Rain.”