Despite the absence of Isaac Donald “Don” Everly and Phillip “Phil” Everly to the country music scene, their memories live on. As Everly Brothers, their exceptional music will continuously remind us of the country melodies and tunes in the 5os to 8os. Undeniably, the sounds they created always have an impact on every individual. And for us country music lovers, it’s still good to reminisce the music of the past for it will retell the life experiences, journeys, and stories we had.
“Love Hurts” can flash back all that we used to enjoy, what we used to have, and most of all the people behind the song especially the Everly Brothers. It’s one of the soulful songs we can rely on to hark back on what was behind. Take time and reminisce through the song.
Boudleaux Bryant along with his wife Felice, the coveted songwriters, are the persons behind the words and, lyrics of “Love Hurts.” It was primarily recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1960 and was released in 1961 under their album “A Date With The Everly Brothers.” Various artists remade the version, but the Everly Brothers’ will always be the one we’ll remember.
“Love Hurts” can genuinely tell how painful love is. It can be realized between the lines and with the mixture of a mellow tune, indeed, a sad song. Nevertheless, the words and lyrics can make you understand how beautiful it is to fall in love despite its indecisive reciprocation.
The Everly Brothers are composed of Isaac Donald “Don” Everly and Phillip “Phil” Everly. Their music was more on country rockabilly and rock and roll. Due to their contribution to the music industry, the Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Donald “Don” Everly was born in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on February 1, 1937, while Phillip “Phil” Everly was in Chicago, Illinois on January 19, 1939. The Everly brothers spent their childhood in Shenandoah, Iowa. For a year, they attended Longfellow Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa. Then, they moved to Shenandoah in 1944, where they remained through early high school.
When the entire family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1953, the Everly Brothers attended West High School. In 1955, their family moved to Madison, Tennessee, while the brothers moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Don had graduated from high school in 1955, and Phil attended Peabody Demonstration School in Nashville, from which he graduated in 1957.
Bye, Bye Love…
Chet Atkins acquainted them with Wesley Rose, of Acuff-Rose Music Publishers. Rose told them to sign as Acuff-Rose’s songwriters. They accordingly signed in late 1956.
In 1957, Rose introduced them to Archie Bleyer, who was looking for artists for Cadence Records. The Everly Brothers signed and made a recording in February 1957. Their song “Bye Bye Love” had been rejected by 30 other acts but it was them who made it so famous. Their record reached No. 2 on the pop charts, behind Elvis Presley’s “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear,” and No. 1 on the country charts. The song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant became the Everly Brothers’ first million-seller.
After the release of their first massive single, their career skyrocketed. The Everly Brothers recorded more songs and performed on different platforms. Millions of people around the world embraced their music. They became one of the most successful duos in the business. Indeed, their journey and history are worth remembering.
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