Sunday, January 5, 2014

'Bye Bye' Phil Everly! You will be missed!

Phil Everly

We are mourning the loss of a  true icon and major contributor to our favorite rockabilly/rock and roll  industry a few days ago.  Phil and Don Everly were performing with their parents and the mid 1940's, when their dad got his own radio station in Shenandoah, Iowa.

***  And, the rest...great harmonic history!  

The two brothers took off, and, brought their amazing harmonies into our lives in the late 1950's with 'Wake Up Little Susie', 'Cathy's Clown', and 'All I Have to Do is Dream'.  Phil and Don graced us with their Rockabilly and Pop/Rock style, charting most of their songs in the top 10, and, the above mentioned songs hit #l in 1957, 1958, and 1960.

Phil Everly wrote 'When Will I Be Loved', which also gained status in the Top10, with singer Linda Ronstadt in 1975.  Linda really brought that song home with her electric voice, didn't she?  I think my favorite Everly brother song is 'Wake Up Little Susie', and my wife Suzanne, always favored their 1958 number one hit 'Bird Dog' (well, to!)
And, in our book, these two guys still rock!

* Phil Everly passed away Friday, January 3, 2014, at the age of 74, just a couple of weeks shy of his 75th birthday.
  He will be missed, but, his talents and accomplishments will truly remain in our hearts always!

In 2005, Suzanne and I recorded the Everly Brothers 'Bye Bye Love', using our home recording system.  As a tribute to Phil Everly, I brought our song to this post. 
Suzanne and I did the vocals ourselves, with me on guitar, and Suzanne on keys.

'Bye Bye Love' cover by Karo and Suzanne

*** Thank you so much for coming by to visit.  I appreciate you all joining us in remembering Phil Everly, and learning bit of The Everly Brothers history.  I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas holiday, and would like to extend my best wishes to you for a great New Year. Stop in and say hello if you get the chance.   

Give Love, and smile often!