It’s time for the JazzCookie to join in the tributes to Phil Everly and the Everly Brothers.
So many wonderful things have been written about the Everlys over the past week, I had to take time to think about what they meant, and mean, to me and how to say anything that hadn’t already been said.
Back in the 1950s, it was not unusual for girls to be married young, and I was one of those girls. Eighteen when I married and nineteen when I became a mother for the first time. When the Everlys came on the scene, I was rocking a cradle and rocking the bop, though not quite at the same time.
A lot of great music hit the airwaves and record charts in the last half of the 1950s, music that has taken its place now in the great American songbook and been covered by dozens of performers over the years.
But the Everlys, the first to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, stand out for so many of us because of the simple, pure sound of their voices and harmonies and the straightforward, though rockin’ beat of the tunes. I’ve read many places of the influence they had on rock and roll, but the truth is they were among the initiators of rock and roll. Their followers and fans, including the Beatles, remain legion.
Here are some of my personal favorites from Phil and Don. We’re all so much older now but the heart stays young despite the years. Believe for a moment that you’re twenty years old again and feeling the joy and angst of young love. I’ll turn on the music and then let’s dance!
RIP, Phil. And thanks for the melodies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LboNYB_oKTY “Devoted to You”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz0Sscke9z4 “Cryin’ in the Rain”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m_OlHVM7E8 “Bye Bye Love”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or5gjbGHeYE “When Will I Be Loved”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VaeUueUejI “I Kissed You”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjhQceK0Y6E “Let It Be Me”
The JazzCookie will be back with some new jazz next time.