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Growing up in a touring musical family, Don and Phil Everly were polished performers while still in their teens. Their earliest recordings are pure country, distinguished even then by the most beautiful close harmony singing this side of the Louvin Brothers. There's just some indescribable magic to the blend of sibling voices.

Don, who's two years older and the thinner-faced of the two, typically sings the baritone part and any solo lines; Phil sings the tenor part. They were 20 and 18, respectively, when "Bye Bye Love" was released in late spring 1957.

Beyond their vocal prowess, The Everly Brothers sang exceptional songs (many by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant), were backed by top notch musicians, and were recorded under world-class conditions. The result was a series of emotionally rich records that made a lasting impression on most music listeners of a certain age. The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel, among others, developed their early singing styles performing Everly Brothers covers.

Between 1957 and 1960, when they moved from Cadence to Warner Brothers records, virtually all their releases were top 10 hits. "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream" reached #1, but "Bye Bye Love" spent 3 months in the top 5; only Pat Boone's and Elvis Presley's back-to-back #1 records kept BBL from being the Everly's biggest hit of the 1950s.

"Cathy's Clown," their first release on Warner Bros., was their biggest hit of the 1960s. The Everlys had a long career though the 60s and afterwards and continued to make pleasing music, but they never again captured the magic of their early years.

What moves you most about the Everly Brothers? Which of their songs stand out for you?