Lonely Street Production’s tribute to the Everly Brothers packed the Elks Theatre Saturday night in a sellout show honoring some of the most influential songs in pop music history. From the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s, the Everly Brothers released hit after hit in their trademark close harmony and unique blend of country and rockabilly music. In a playlist of 26 songs, lead singers Chach Snook and Alex Mack did the music of the iconic duo proud with their strong vocals and polished steel string acoustic guitars. They were very capably backed by Lonely Street regulars Fred Hayes on drums, Greg Robinson on keyboard, Dylon DeRobertis on bass, and Chris Callahan on electric guitar.
Beginning with “Bye, Bye, Love” in 1957, their first million seller, and for the next five years, the Everly Brothers were never off the Billboard charts with hits like “Wake Up Little Susie”, “Cathy’s Clown”, “‘TilI I Kissed You”, and “All I Have to Do is Dream”. Later hits included “Walk Right Back”, “Crying in the Rain” and “When Will I Be Loved?”. All told, the Everly Brothers produced 35 Billboard top singles, 26 of which were in the top 40.
The brothers bore such a close resemblance to each other and looked the same age, even fans got them mixed up. Phil was older and sang baritone. Don was almost two years younger and sang tenor. Their unique blending of voices, known as close harmony, was developed over years of singing together on their parents’ radio show, the Everly Family, broadcast on country stations all over the upper south of Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1940s and 50s. The sound of the Everly Brothers was hugely influential on other musicians, including the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beatles.They were particularly popular in the UK. Before John Lennon and Paul McCartney became the Beatles, they referred to themselves as “the British Everly Brothers”.
The duo had a very public break up in 1983, when Don, exhausted from touring, smashed his guitar onstage and stormed off. After ten years of middling success as solo performers, they reunited in 1993, and continued to tour internationally until Don’s death in 2014.
Lonely Street Productions regularly sponsors a series of popular tribute shows at the Elks Theater with top quality, professional musicians. They will return on December 14, with a Christmas show featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Rat Pack. Tickets can be purchased at Prescott Elks Theatre