I loved the Everly Brothers. Their sound was so perfectly blended, with wistful heartache that was nevertheless upbeat rather than gloomy. How did they do it? Being brothers helped; siblings have a special harmony.
They fought at one point and broke up. But they forgave each other and came back together again. Now Don Everly stands alone, bereft.
I’ve had a lot of trouble thinking of a song to end this post with. They gave us so many great ones! So I’ll pick three that show different moods (and two versions of each, first in their youth and then much older).
…and then sad:
…and then wistful/yearning (the sweetest rock and roll song I ever knew, and the first rock and roll song I ever loved):
RIP, and thanks for all the wonderful music.
Oh, just one more, because it also features another great love of mine, Mark Knopfler. And because Chet Atkins looks like a cross between George W. Bush and Prince Charles.
And because it’s beautiful and beautifully simple: