Singers: The Everly Brothers


Only Hall & Oates have more top 40 singles as a vocal duo than the Everly Brothers, who had 26 in the late 50s and early 60s. Uploaded by

It’s no secret that some of the best harmonies in recording history come from family groups. Chief among these are Don and Phil Everly, two Kentucky boys who began singing with their family from the time they were 7 and 5, respectively. Their first recording with Columbia Records was a flop, and the label dropped them. They then were picked up by the new Cadence Records, for whom they recorded most of their hits.

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The Everlys had 26 Billboard Top 40 singles, trailing only Hall and Oates for the most by a vocal duo. Among them (and their highest chart position) were:

  • “Bye Bye Love” (1957, #2)
  • “Wake Up Little Susie” (1957, #1)
  • “All I Have to do Is Dream” (1958, #1)
  • “Bird Dog” (1958, #3)
  • “Devoted to You” (1958, #10)
  • “Till I Kissed You” (1959, #4)
  • “Let It Be Me” (1960, #7)
  • “Cathy’s Clown” (1960, #1)
  • “When Will I Be Loved” (1960, #8)
  • “Walk Right Back” (1961, #7)
  • “Crying in the Rain” (1962, #6

The Everly Brothers influenced many of the most popular groups of the 1960s, including the Beatles. Their legacy is obvious from the Halls of Fame in which they’ve been inducted: Rock and Roll, Country Music, Vocal Group, and Rockabilly. They’ve earned a Lifetime Grammy, and Rolling Stone ranked them number 33 in their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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