The Everly Brothers' sound borrowed from Appalachian folk, bluegrass and country to form a dreamy, innocent style of rock and roll. Over the decades – particuarly in the Fifties and Sixties – the Everlys’ close-harmony style influenced the likes of the Hollies, Simon and Garfunkel, the Byrds and the Beatles, with Paul McCartney noting “They were and still are the very best.” Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, 1986, the Everly Brothers are featured in the Museum's Cities and Sounds exhibit, in the Rave On section. There, visitors to the Museum will find the outfits worn by the brothers on the cover of The Fabulous Style of the Everly Brothers, as well as a 1963 Gibson Everly Brothers model featuring a split pick guard surrounding the sound hole that was meant to represent the brothers’ familial resemblance.
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While best-known for such hits as "Cathy's Clown," "Bye Bye Love,""Wake Up Little Susie," and "All I Have to Do Is Dream," in 1958, Don and Phil Everly surprised fans when they shifted tack, paying homage to their Tennessee roots. On Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, the duo recorded a dozen folk and country tunes that reflected the brothers' musical upbringing.
And now, the unlikely duo of punk rocker and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong with jazz/pop vocalist and songwriter Norah Jones are paying tribute to the Everly Brothers' tribute. On Foreverly (out November 25, 2013), Armstrong and Jones tackle versions of traditional songs, reinterpreting the Everlys' 1958 release, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
"I liked the whole concept," Armstrong recently told Rolling Stone magazine, "that this was something taught to them, and now it's being taught to me. I thought it would be cool to pass the tradition one more time."
The tradition is being carried, but Armstrong and Jones are making the songs their own. "That was the key to us – not to just copy the record," Jones told Rolling Stone. "Songs like 'Down in the Willow Garden' and 'Put My Little Shoes Away' – they're such dark lyrics. We thought we'd play that up."