Phil and Don Everly used to sing on their dad Ike's radio show when they were just kids. They were country through and through. When they started to make records, their rocking rhythm and incredible harmonies put them right in the heart of rock and roll's first wave.
They hit the scene just when big business first learned they could sell direct to teenagers. Much schlock and flim flam went out into the teen market in the mid 50s, but there was genuine treasure too.
The Everly Brothers succeeded, and their music has endured, because of their uncanny harmonies that embodied the idealised relationships of which they sang. And their songs were authentic expressions of what it was to be a teenager - in a time when nearly everybody got that wrong.
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Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.