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Monday, 17 September 2012

The Everly Brothers - Walk Right Back

On this day September 17, 1960 at the RCA Studio B in Nashville, the Everly Brothers recorded "Walk Right Back."

"Walk Right Back" is a 1961 song by Sonny Curtis that was recorded by The Everly Brothers, and went to #7 in the U.S. Billboard charts, and #1 in the UK charts. Originally it was the B-side, then it was changed to the A-side.

In 1971, the song was covered by Harry Nilsson and in 1978, it was a country hit for Anne Murray.

Isaac Donald "Don" Everly (born February 1, 1937) and Phillip
"Phil" Everly (born January 19, 1939), together known as the Everly Brothers, are country-influenced rock and roll performers, known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing. The duo was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Don and Phil Everly are both guitarists and use vocal harmony mostly based on parallel thirds. With this, each line can often stand on its own as a melody line. This is in contrast to classic harmony lines which, while working well alongside the melody, are not as melodic by themselves.

For most of their recordings, Don sings the baritone part and Phil the tenor part. One exception is on "Devoted To You." Although Don is still low and Phil is high, they switch lead and harmony back and forth. Don almost always sings any lines that are sung solo (for example, the verses of "Bye Bye Love"). Among the exceptions to this rule is the Everlys' 1965 single "It's All Over," where Phil sings the song's solo lines.
In the late 1950s, the Everly Brothers were the rock 'n' roll youth movement's addition to close harmony vocal groups of which many were family bands. Among the Everly's famous counterparts in country music were The Delmore Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Jim & Jesse (McReynolds) and The Osborne Brothers.

Inspiring countless musicians – most notably The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Simon & Garfunkel, Phil and Don had the kind of flawless harmony that may only be possible among siblings.  It was always as if each harmony line came from one source – the harmony’s were perfect, but the timing was so immaculate that you knew these two had sung together all of their lives.  Their success waned upon the arrival of The British Invasion, but their influence and the strength of their material has never dissipated.  I could hear “Walk Right Back,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” or “Crying in the Rain” a hundred times and never tire of those melodies.  These are classic American tunes, enduring and unforgettable.(Info mainly Wiki)

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