I have been away from this blog for way too long. I have been busy trying other things and even while doing those other things, I kept feeling the tug of number1project. Music is my main love in life (after my family and church). It is my passion. I think it’s time to follow my passion. I’ve been writing little e-books for the Kindle. I think everyone’s heard of the Kindle, but if not, then it is an e-book reader that Amazon sells. They are great in that you can carry it with you anywhere you go and it holds up to 3000 or so books. Imagine carrying 300 books around with you and being able to read one anything you want.
So, I decided to write an e-book about the Everly Brothers. Now, since I don’t know the Everly Brothers and really have no way to contact them personally, I compiled all the data I could find on the web and wrote up a biography of their lives up to this point. It’s not very long, but it’s cheap. And I think you will find out just about all you need to know about the Everly Brothers.
If you’d like to buy the book from Amazon, you can go to this page: Legends of Rock & Roll – The Everly Brothers and download it for your Kindle.
As a teaser, here is the first chapter of the book. There is much more in the actual Kindle book.
The Everly Brothers were one of the most important and influential of the early rock and roll bands. They set the standard high with close two-part harmonies and were the first of the rockers who combined country with rock and roll and, surprisingly, impressed both sides of the fence.
When I was a boy in High School, the Everly Brothers were one of my favorite groups. Like most teenagers in those days, rock and roll was the center of my life, and the Everly Brothers were at the center of that movement; at least for me. The Everly Brothers were different in that the kids liked them, but so did the parents. Most parents in those days hated Rock and Roll, but the Everlys were mellow enough that my Mom, at least, liked them too.
I remember when you could go into a record store and actually play a record. They were 45 rpm in those days, (the record with the big hole in the middle). The store had little rooms that were like telephone booths. You could take the record into the booth and listen to it on a turntable, something that doesn’t happen anymore.
When “All I Have to Do Is Dream” came out in 1958, I listened to it in the record store and bought it immediately. It has since become one of my all-time favorite songs. This is the kind of song that you would put on a desert island list. You know the kind of list I mean, if I could take a hundred records to a desert island, which ones would I take. “All I Have to Do Is Dream” would definitely be on that list for me. I took it home and immediately called my girlfriend. We were not going steady (yet), but we both had a love of music and so I played the song on a little 45 rpm turntable I had. I held the receiver of the phone up to the speaker of the record player. She thought it was a great song. It was especially great dancing with her to “All I Have to Do Is Dream” at the next school dance. That song eventually became a number one song for the Everly Brothers.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. You picked up this book to learn about the Everly Brothers. So, let’s get into their life and music.
Here is a grainy old black and white video of the Everlys singing “All I Have to do Is Dream” and “Cathy’s Clown”. The link is to YouTube.