Everly Brothers

Everly Brothers

The brothers Don and Phil Everly were taught guitar and harmony singing by their father. By the ages of six and eight they were seasoned performers, singing with their mother on their father's radio show, and live on stage wearing matching sparkly cowboy suits. They first hit the big time as the Everly Brothers (without the rest of the family) was with Bye Bye Love in 1957, quickly followed by Wake up Little Susie. Their music, with its acoustic style guitar and close harmonies, was far more like country than the rock ‘n’ roll of Elvis or Bill Haley, but it had a backbeat which gave it a modern edge. The content of the songs was aimed specifically at the teenage market, another distinctive feature of the new rock ‘n’ roll music. This photograph shows them in 1962 with Joe Mauldin of Buddy Holly’s old band, The Crickets.