Don Everly – 80

1. februar 2017

“Phil Everly was one of my great heroes, with his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on the Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don. Years later, when I finally met Phil, I was completely star-struck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul. I will always love him for giving me some of the sweetest musical memories of my life.” (Paul McCartney i forbindelse med Phil Everlys død)

Ja, det er svært at lytte til The Beatles’ vokalharmonier uden ogsÃ¥ at tænke pÃ¥ inspirationen fra Don og Phil Everly. Og hvad ville Simon & Garfunkel have været uden først at identificere sig med The Evelys under kunstnernavnet Tom & Jerry. Jovist, The Everly Brothers satte tÃ¥rnhøje standarder for, hvordan vokalpop skulle lyde. Da de to brødre blev forenet i 1983 efter mere end et Ã¥rtis adskillelse, stod Paul McCartney klar med en sang – den smukke “On the Wings of a Nightingale” – der blev indspillet pÃ¥ duoens genforeningsplade EB84 med McCartney pÃ¥ guitar.

Everly Brothers var først og fremmest fortolkere, men de kunne ogsÃ¥ skrive velfungerende pop, nÃ¥r det tog dem. Fx Don Everlys “(Till) I kissed you” fra 1959, der nÃ¥ede helt op pÃ¥ hitlistens fjerdeplads derovre.

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