The Everly Brothers place in recorded pop music history is well established. In fact, the music has spanned the decades, and young listeners in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s still fondly recall the songs--some now from their homes in senior living centers.
Roger Lee, pictured here with his musical keyboard, enjoys playing and singing Everly Brothers music and other songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s at nursing homes in Otter Tail County.
Photo by Tom Hintgen

To bring your memories of the Everly Brothers music to life, all you have to do is dream–and attend the August 16 concert in Pelican 

The song by the Everly Brothers, “All I Have to Do is Dream,” is a favorite of musical keyboard artist Roger Lee and many nursing home residents who he plays for in Otter Tail County.

The music–and history–of the Everlys will be featured Friday night, Aug. 16, at the Pelican Rapids Fine Arts Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for audio and sound enhancements at the Pelican Fine Arts Auditorium, on the high school campus on Highway 59. The concert will be preceeded with a “truck food fair,” featuring local concession vendors, on the high school grounds, from 11 a.m. to show time.

The Zmed Brothers are a nationally touring brother duo that is well-versed, both musically and historically, in the legacy of one of popular recorded music’s most influential pair of artists. 

  The 1958 song  “Dream” was a hit and sung by the Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, reaching number one on the charts on May 19, 1958.

“Another favorite Everly Brothers song, for me, is ‘Cathy’s Clown,’ also loved by many retirees,” Lee said.

An acoustic guitar produced by the Gibson Guitar Corporation became a favorite of the Everly Brothers. The corporation produced a guitar with the Everly name called the Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop.

“Special vibrations made the Gibson a unique guitar,” Lee said.

“Cathy’s Clown,” produced in 1960, included distinctive vocal harmonies. Their chord progressions had an especially pleasing effect.

Paul McCartney and the Beatles patterned themselves after the Everly Brothers with the mid-1960s Beatles hit, “Please Please Me.”

Don and Phil Everly began writing and recording their own music in 1956, and their first hit, “Bye Bye Love,” came out in 1957. This tune became number one on the charts in the spring of 1957.

Additional hit songs followed in 1958.

They included “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Problems.” After returning from duty with the U.S. Marines, the brothers continued with musical success into the early 1960s.

The Everly Brothers, even during the British Invasion of the Beatles and other groups in 1964, remained strong in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.

They joined forces with the rock group, The Hollies, in 1966 and produced an album called “Two Years in England.” Don and Phil Everly had one final hit song, “Bowling Green,” released in 1967.

Tickets for the Pelican “Everly Brothers Experience” are available at Larry’s Super Market.