Music History Monday: May 12

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 12, 2014 10:18am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: May 12, 1928 - Legendary pop songwriter, producer, and arranger Burt Bacharach (born Burt Freeman Bacharach in Kansas City, MO). Happy 86th Birthday, Burt!

Born on this day: May 12, 1948 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Steve Winwood (born Stephen Lawrence Winwood in Handsworth, Birmingham, UK). Happy 66th Birthday, Steve!

On this day in music history: May 12, 1958 - "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for four weeks, topping the Rhythm & Blues Best Sellers chart for five weeks on May 19, 1958, and also topping the Country & Western Best Sellers chart for three weeks on June 2, 1958. Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, it is the second chart topping single for the rock & roll duo from Brownie, KY. Having also penned The Everly Brothers first number one single "Bye Bye Love," the husband and wife songwriting duo will write the ballad "All I Have To Do Is Dream" in only fifteen minutes. The Everlys will record the song at RCA Victor Studios in Nashville, TN on March 6, 1958, in just two takes. Legendary guitarist Chet Atkins will also play electric guitar on the track. Released as a single in April of 1958, it will quickly become a smash. Entering the Best Sellers chart at #9 on April 28, 1958, it will leap to the top of the chart two weeks later. When it tops the country singles chart on June 2, 1958, it will become the first record in Billboard chart history to top the pop, R&B, and country charts simultaneously. The single will also backed by the song "Claudette," written by a then relatively unknown musician named Roy Orbison, inspired by his wife. "Claudette" will also chart, peaking at #30 on the pop Best Sellers chart on the same date that "Dream" tops the chart. A rock & roll standard, "All I Have To Do Is Dream" will be covered numerous times over the years including versions by actor Richard Chamberlain (#14 Pop), Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell (#27 Pop, #6 Country), and Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal (#51 Pop). The Everly Brothers original version of "All I Have To Do Is Dream" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2004.

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Bye Bye Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers

Posted by Billyjam, January 4, 2014 12:24pm | Post a Comment

The Everly Brothers "Bye Bye Love (Live)" (1957)

Sad news has surfaced that yesterday, January 3rd 2014, singer Phil Everly passed on according to sources at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA where he had been hospitalized. Reportedly the 74 year old died from complications attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease triggered by a lifetime habit of heavy cigarette smoking.  Along with brother Don, Phil made up the legendary Everly Brothers singing duo who, with their smooth harmonies and memorable lyrics, ruled the pop charts from the latter fifties into the early sixties with a string of hits including "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Bye Bye Love," "When Will I Be Loved," and "Wake Up Little Susie." 

Inductees of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame the siblings began their musical careers early - first singing with their parents on radio shows and in concerts - before, while still teenagers, relocating to Nashville to become full-time songwriters. Ironically their first hit ("Bye Bye Love") as a recording duo was not a song that they themselves wrote but one written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant that they discovered and decided to record, adding their own touches to it. It became a number two pop chart hit and a number one country charts hit in 1957 and paved the way for the siblings as chart toppers both here in the US and in the UK. Check for both the extensive catalog of the Everly Brothers and Phil Everly's solo output at Amoeba.

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Behind the Scenes: Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie "Prince" Billy's "What the Brothers Sang"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 20, 2013 11:50pm | Post a Comment

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie "Prince" Billy's newly-released love letter to The Everly Brothers, What Dawn Mccarthy Bonnie Prince Billy Will oldham What the Brothers sangthe Brothers Sang, was recorded at a studio called The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, which is owned and operated by Grammy award-winning engineer David Ferguson and singer-songwriter John Prine. Summoning up the magic of others who have recorded there before them (Johnny Cash!!), the duo was joined by musicians Emmett Kelley, Dave Roe, and Kenny Malone, with featured players Billy Contreras, John Mock, Dan Dugmore, Matt Sweeney, Pete Townsend, John Catchings, Bobby Wood, Joey Miskalin, Nils Frykdahl, Ian McAllister, Joey Baron, Dr. Chris Vivio, and Noah Tag.  

Filmmaker Lara Miranda bottled some of that behind-the-scenes magic with this atmospheric short. Enjoy.



What The Brothers Sang Promo from lara miranda on Vimeo.