The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience DESCRIPTION: The Everly Brothers were among the most successful and revered of all the giants of early rock ‘n’ roll. A determining influence on the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and the Beach Boys, they brought the ethereal harmonies of the Appalachian Mountains to the wild mix of rock ‘n’ roll.
First broadcast in 1984 as part of their reunion after ten bitter years apart (& repeated again now in the wake of Phils Death) this Arena programme traces their fabulous career, their split and triumphant reunion. Most of all, Don and Phil wanted to revisit their roots in the coal mining area of Kentucky where their father Ike, a miner, had been a local guitar star. He too had played with his coal mining brothers, in the 30s. In the moody atmosphere of Muhlenberg County, they have an emotional reunion with three generations of Everlys.
With contributions from master musician and producer Chet Atkins, songwriters Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and the legendary guitar singer and ex-coal miner, Ike’s close friend Mose Rager. (BBC 4)
The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert DESCRIPTION: This pretty much does what it says on the tin, but here’s a little more info: In the autumn of 1983, the Everly Brothers played their legendary reunion concerts in London. Of all the venues in the world, they chose the Royal Albert Hall because they had treasured memories of playing there with their father Ike, a guitar virtuoso in his own right. All London was there and it was such an event that the filming was fed live into the BBC 9 o’clock News. After their acrimonious split, which had lasted ten years, Arena’s cameras proved that they and their unique, beautiful sound were as magical as ever. (BBC 4)