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Yes, that classic '80s tune was by the Everly Brothers



This past weekend, I was listening to the American Top 40 Rewind (as I often do) and Casey Kasem was laying down some chart trivia, which I lap up like ice cream on a hot day. In the show that originally was broadcast in October of 1984, Casey mentioned the dominance of the Everly Brothers and added as a side note that the brothers had a current single in the Top 100. My own long distance dedication was answered as that mention took me back to 1984 and On The Wings Of A Nightingale.

If not for Hall & Oates, the Everly Brothers would still own most chart records by a duo. Still, their catalogue is impressive and influential as they racked up more than two dozen Top 40 hits in a little over a five-year span from 1957 to 1962, including No. 1 classics like Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy's Clown. Their last Top 40 hit was in 1967, and they split up in 1973 until their reunion in the '80s.

In 1984, the Everly Brothers came back with Dave Edmunds at the producer's helm to release the album EB84 with the lead single On The Wings Of A Nightingale. While the harmonies are as smooth as ever, the single only reached No. 50 on the singles chart. The song was written by Paul McCartney but not exactly a cover as McCartney has never released the song except in demo form.

The video for On The Wings Of A Nightingale is a nice metaphor for the Iowa-raised Don & Phil Everly as they comb through the junkyard and restore a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible and drive away looking and sounding as smooth as ever. 

After 1984, the Everly Brothers were elected to the initial class of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and also contributed to Paul Simon's Graceland album. Younger brother Phil died in 2014 while older brother Don turned 80 this year.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 1:20pm]


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