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Bye, Bye Phil Everly: One of the Everly Brothers Has Died Just Days Short of His 75th Birthday
Townhall ^ | 01/09/2014 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 01/09/2014 8:27:47 AM PST by SeekAndFind

One mark of a good song is that it makes Billboard's top 10 list. An even greater indicator is its staying power; whether it is remembered decades after it was a hit. Perhaps the highest accolade is whether the artist influences other musicians. All of these standards were met by the singing duo the Everly Brothers, one of whom, Phil, has died days shy of his 75th birthday.

At age 16 I was a disc jockey for a suburban Washington, D.C., radio station. I hosted a weekend music program called "The Top Fifty Show." The Everly Brothers were always at or near the top of my list.

Phil and Don Everly squeezed into the public consciousness for only a few years between 1957, the year before Elvis Presley left a gaping hole in pop music when he entered the Army, and the arrival of The Beatles, who more than filled that void beginning in 1964. The brothers' music survives, not only in its own right, but because of its influence on other acts, including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan.

The music was danceable, the lyrics understandable and the sentiments memorable. My generation "invented" rock and roll. While some of it was sexually suggestive, it avoided coarse language and left much to young imaginations. Not all of us, including me, understood at the time what Fats Domino meant when he sang "I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill."

Wonderfully handsome with good stage presence and great hair, Phil and Don expressed in their music what was in the hearts of many teenagers. "All I Have to Do is Dream" is about a guy who loves a girl and can always be with her in his dreams.

Two of my favorites remain "That's Old Fashioned" and "Wake Up Little Susie," because they appealed to a moral code that has not been followed in many years, especially in popular music and culture.

In "That's Old Fashioned," Don and Phil sing:

"It's a modern changing world, everything is moving fast;

But when it comes to love, I like what they did in the past.

I'm the kind who loves only one, so the boys say I'm old-fashioned.

Let then laugh, honey, I don't mind.

I've made plans for a wedding day for you and me.

That's old-fashioned, that's the way love should be."

Phil didn't practice what he sang. He married three times and struggled with drugs, but the standard remains a good one in an age of singers whose performances would be shameful to most people alive in the '50s.

In "Wake Up Little Susie," the brothers sang about a boy and girl on a movie date. They fall asleep in the car and when they wake up at 4 a.m., the boy fears they may be in trouble with her parents:

"What are we gonna tell your Mama

What are we gonna tell your Pa?

What are we gonna tell our friends

When they say, "Ooh la la!"

There is also this:

"The movie wasn't so hot

It didn't have much of a plot

We fell asleep, our goose is cooked,

Our reputation is shot."

Who worries about reputation today? What followed in the '70s, '80s and '90s was music containing foul lyrics, explicit sex, hatred of parents, gangsta rap about killing the police, misogyny. I doubt that those who listened to it will proudly play the music of their lives for their grandchildren as my generation can.

From an Everly Brothers song that wasn't a hit comes a lyric that those who love the Everly Brothers might say fits Phil's passing:

"There'll be a day you'll want me only

But when I leave, I'll be a long time gone..."

That day has arrived. While Phil may be gone, his and Don's music endures. What artist could ask for more?


TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: everlybrothers; phileverly; rehash

1 posted on 01/09/2014 8:27:47 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 01/09/2014 8:31:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

These are the words of a frontier lad
Who lost his love when he turned bad...


3 posted on 01/09/2014 8:31:31 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SeekAndFind

...I think I’m a-gonna cry-y. :(


4 posted on 01/09/2014 8:34:29 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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5 posted on 01/09/2014 8:34:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
What followed in the '70s, '80s and '90s was music containing foul lyrics, explicit sex, hatred of parents, gangsta rap ...
Whoa, you forgot the '00s and '10s. In fact, with the American culture in constant decline over the last 40-50 years, they're worse than the decades that preceded them.
(I'd post some images displaying said culture, but this is a family oriented website.)
6 posted on 01/09/2014 8:37:18 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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I apologized numerous times to my son, growing up in the 90’s, for the lack of sweet, romantic songs. I told him that music was lovely when I was growing up in the 60’s and I wished he could have those types of songs, too. He does revere the Beatles and Beach Boys, not as role models but for their lovely songs. Now Jay-Z and other Rap artists have destroyed the ‘lovely’ in teen music. More's the pity.
7 posted on 01/09/2014 8:42:02 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting how the best vocal harmonies often come from siblings. The Everly Brothers, The Andrews Sisters, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys and on and on.


8 posted on 01/09/2014 8:43:28 AM PST by circlecity
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RE: Interesting how the best vocal harmonies often come from siblings.

What about the Brothers Four? ( HA HA HA )


9 posted on 01/09/2014 8:44:47 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: originalbuckeye
I apologized numerous times to my son, growing up in the 90’s ...
I had two sons growing up in the 90s and they flat out rejected rap all on their own. They love music from the 60s and 70s and one is even a Dead Head.
We've also had a black owned radio station in town since the early 70s and from Day One, the owner has refused to play any rap that glorifies violence, sexism, hate, drugs, etc.
10 posted on 01/09/2014 8:52:27 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SeekAndFind

I mourn the passing of Phil Everly, but through his music he will live on forever.

Back when they were BIG my, older sister and I loved the Everly Brothers! My dad HATED “Rock & Roll”. When “All I Have to do is Dream” would come on the radio we would BEG him not to change the channel. He would mock the song by claiming that when they sang the lyric “Gee Whizz” they were really saying “Cheese Whizz”. He actually did like “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 8:56:24 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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These are the words of a frontier lad
Who lost his love when he turned bad

Take a message to Mary
But don’t tell her where I am
Take a message to Mary
But don’t say I’m in a jam

You can tell her I had to see the world
Or tell her that my ship set sail
You can say, she better not wait for me
But don’t tell her I’m in jail, oh don’t tell her I’m in jail

Take a message to Mary
But don’t tell her what I’ve done
Please don’t mention the stagecoach
And the shot from a careless gun

You can tell her I had to change my plans
And cancel out the wedding day
But please don’t mention my lonely cell
Where I’m gonna pine away until my dying day

Take a message to Mary
But don’t tell her all you know
My hearts achin’ for Mary
Lord knows I miss her so

Just tell her I went to Timbuktu
Tell her I’m searchin’ for gold
You can say she better find someone new
To cherish and to hold, oh Lord, this cell is cold

Mary, Mary, oh Lord, this cell is cold

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hkx_CDExfI


12 posted on 01/09/2014 9:04:24 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: SeekAndFind

I heard “Wake Up Little Susie” was banned from several radio stations because the situation was objectional to some.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 9:06:03 AM PST by jaydubya2
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What was the situation?


14 posted on 01/09/2014 9:07:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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she spent the night with him and wasn’t his wife


15 posted on 01/09/2014 9:07:58 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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I heard “Wake Up Little Susie” was banned from several radio stations because the situation was objectional to some.

The line that was objectionable to some radio stations was "What will we tell our friends when they say Ooh-La-La?" because they felt it implied the two might have had sex.

16 posted on 01/09/2014 9:10:34 AM PST by GreenHornet
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Staying out all night with a girl you wern’t married to I guess.


17 posted on 01/09/2014 9:10:51 AM PST by jaydubya2
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RE: Staying out all night with a girl you wern’t married to I guess.

Or sleeping with Suzie and then telling her to wake up the next day...


18 posted on 01/09/2014 9:11:46 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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They did some great great stuff......fully worthy of membership in the top echelon of the R&R Hall of Fame.
19 posted on 01/09/2014 9:16:49 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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All I Have To Do Is Dream: Was playing when I asked a girl to go steady, back in 1958. Even had a Friendship ring for her. Wonder where she is now?


20 posted on 01/09/2014 9:37:33 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: GreenHornet

Since I first heard that song (I think it was on a Happy Days episode) I always thought the couple slept together, woke up together, and concocted an incredible story to conceal this from their parents. After all both falling asleep in a movie theater until 400 am is simply not plausible. No one awakened them on the way out? The theater was cleaned up by staff and still no one awakened them? They woke up at 400 am and just left the theater? It wasn’t locked up? Ludicrous. I’m amazed at some of the comments on this thread as I thought everyone udnerstood the joke.

Big fan of Don and Phil, BTW. “Bird Dog” and “Leave my woman alone” are my favorites. Oh, and “Kathy’s Clown.”


21 posted on 01/09/2014 10:20:01 AM PST by 2big2fail
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To: SeekAndFind

The Everlys also did a version of “Paradise” that’s as good as John Prine’s.

“When I die, let my body float down the Green River.
Let my soul rise on up to the Rochester Dam.
I’ll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin’
Just five miles away from wherever I am.”

Phil Everly — halfway to Heaven.


22 posted on 01/09/2014 10:52:19 AM PST by IronJack
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RE: The Everlys also did a version of “Paradise” that’s as good as John Prine’s.

YOUTUBE IS OUR FRIEND:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO8jECXMMmw


23 posted on 01/09/2014 11:01:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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RE: Big fan of Don and Phil, BTW. “Bird Dog” and “Leave my woman alone” are my favorites. Oh, and “Kathy’s Clown.”

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BIRD DOG:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I65PxlOlHA4

LEAVE MY WOMAN ALONE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y85WgKne2m8

KATHY’s CLOWN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpgo3Lkns5s


24 posted on 01/09/2014 11:04:28 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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The theater would have been a drive in, and back in the day many of those in rural america didn’t have a locked gate.

College age people might car pool to a party after the show and then pick up their cars later to save on gas.


25 posted on 01/09/2014 1:14:38 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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