Anniversary of The Everly Brothers' Dream

05/12/2011
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On this day in 1958, The Everly Brothers started a four-week run at no. 1 in the U.S. with "All I Have to Do is Dream." The song was written in 15 minutes. Gibson takes a look back: In the late '50s, pop music magic was made when one singing duo began working with one songwriting pair. The Everly Brothers (Phil and Don) would become one of the biggest acts in rock and roll history with the help of the married songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. In the space of two years, the Everlys would take six of the Bryants' songs to the Top 10, including "All I Have to Do is Dream," which hit #1 on this day in 1958.

Phil and Don Everly had grown up in a musical family. Their father, Ike, had his own radio show in Shenendoah, Iowa, and the boys would sing with their parents. The Everly Family performed shows locally when Phil and Don were youngsters in the 1940s. Eventually, Phil and Don became a brother act, both singing and playing guitar. As teenagers, they made a big fan of Chet Atkins, who was a family friend. Although Atkins had a relationship with RCA Records, he helped The Everly Brothers get a shot with Columbia Records in Nashville. Unfortunately, their 1956 debut single "Keep A'Lovin' Me" flopped and the boys were dropped.

But Atkins didn't lose faith in the brothers. Because they were also songwriters, he introduced them to Wesley Rose at Acuff-Rose publishing who said if the boys signed as writers, he would find them a deal as recording artists. Sure enough, it happened when the Everlys were signed to the new Cadence Records label in early 1957. In the process, they began a partnership with Felice and Boudleaux Bryant although it's likely that no one had any idea what kind of success they would all achieve. more on this story

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