Oh, how my brothers and I wished we could have gone to the excellent musical
tribute to the Everly Brothers on October 25, 2014. It was called, “Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame’s 2014 Music Masters.” There were so many famous musicians and
music industry ‘captains’ there that it would have been so amazing to listen to
the tribute for this iconic sibling combination who inspired everyone that followed
Revelry included a large group of musicians from the genres and roots of blue grass,
jazz, country and rock and roll legends. I will give you part of the ensemble list here.
Emmy Lou Harris who paired up with Alfred Lee (Everly’s lead guitarist) to sing the
trademark song which is recognizable across the world, with memories mentioned
by British icons and Irish singers, too: “Bye, Bye Love.”
What brought the audience to tears, Chuck Yarborough of the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
mentioned in his article and the evening news the next day also repeated, was Don
Everly, aged 77, coming up on stage to join them in harmony.
Who else was there, you may ask? Graham Nash, Keb’Mo’, Ledisi, Peter Asher, Waddy
Wachtel, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, Alison Krauss, J. D. Souther, Bonnie
“Prince” Billie and Dawn McCarthy.
The lovely song, “Lonely Island,” was given a special tribute from the Secret Sisters,
Laura and Lydia Rogers all the way from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. T-Bone Burnett,
musician and record producer had insisted they include this song in their most
Keb’Mo’ and Ledisi performed, “Let It Be Me,” which meant adapting the vocals
to their unique talents.
Vince Gill and Graham Nash, (Nash started out in the duo, The Hollies but is more
known and recognized for his contribution in another ‘combination’ band, Crosby,
Stills, Nash and Young.) They sang a great duo together.
Rodney Crowell (musical director) and Keb’Mo’ sang “Wake Up, Little Susie,” which
is an Everly’s favorite. Keb’Mo’ has included this memorable song on one of his albums
and spoke about his affection for the warm and friendly Everly Brothers.
Greg Harris, Rock and Roll H. of Fame Pres. and CEO, mentioned when he toured in
Ireland in the 80’s everywhere he traveled, when a guitar was pulled out to play,
whether in a kitchen with a grandfather and grandson, along with Pubs, Everly Brothers
were being played. He mentioned a tribute to Phil Everly who had passed away earlier
this year, just days before he would have celebrated his 75th birthday. It was a moment
of bittersweet memories, allowing the audience to again mourn the loss of a ‘brother.’
Emmy Lou Harris’ soprano voice joined Rodney Crowell’s in a poignant song, “Love
The night of duets continued with Peter Asher (who had been formerly part of the duo
“Peter and Gordon,” which is still considered a great part of the British Invasion)
and Graham Nash soaring voices in harmony in “Hard, Hard Year” followed by
Peter Asher later paired with J.D. Souther in the song, “Crying in the Rain.”
Are you like me? Do you remember the continuous variety of the Everly Brothers’
song and playlist?
When Vince Gill joined Graham in Everly’s huge (most sold songs) “Cathy’s Clown,”
both using their natural tenor voices to blend into a beautiful tribute to the Everly’s
I would have loved to be there but I bet Youtube has captured this. I will hope to
find a disc of this fine duet.
Vince Gill and Allison Krauss performed together, “When Will I Be Loved?” The song
is one I could sing all the words to, since it is a classic and never to be forgotten. It
has been sung by musical artists everywhere, including a few of my college buddies.
This is the point I wish to make, there are few people who have not been moved,
touched and honored to have listened to an Everly Brothers song.
Just a side note:
Did you notice that Jack Bruce passed away over the weekend?
The days when ‘rock and roll were young’ include Cream band,
where Jack Bruce was ‘big time’ in the 60’s and 70’s in England
and the U.S.
Cream had its own sound, a psychedelic combination of blues,
rock and part of the “Flower Power” age.
Jack studied music while a child in Scotland, became a cellist
and symphonic musician before he turned to rock and roll.
Jack Bruce’s solo albums, after Cream ‘broke up’ were covered by
everyone from Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Ella Fitzgerald.
“Sunshine of Your Love,” is one of the many Cream and Jack Bruce
songs that come to my mind. On the album, it featured Eric Clapton
playing the guitar, while Jack Bruce played the bass and sang along
with Ginger Baker on drums. Worth checking out, if you were not
part of this generation, or worth listening to, just to have that
wonderful flooding of memories that may be associated with thie
period of music.
“Wheels of Fire” spent time on the Top Ten Best Songs for quite
some time, Cream sold 35 million albums in two years. It became
the World’s First Ever, Platinum disc! Wow!
As a soloist, Jack Bruce developed a combination of blending
jazz, rock and blues, with less of the psychedelic renderings.
He was successful and toured from the 80’s until 2005, when
Cream came back together to tour and help those who were
part of the generation of “Flower Power” to reminisce, dance
and sway along to the music.
One Cream song, “I Feel Free,” will be one that makes me smile,
since Jack Bruce, aged 71 succumbed to cancer, is probably part
of that Heavenly Band, feeling free of the pain he suffered in his