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Editors’ Notes

After scoring an enviable run of Top 10 hits, Phil and Don Everly reached back to their earliest influences on 1958’s Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. At the time, releasing an LP’s worth of (mostly) traditional tunes was seen as a career detour for the duo. As it turned out, the album anticipated the commercial peak of the folk revival a few years later. Backed only by their acoustic guitars and the upright bass of Floyd “Lightning” Chance, the Everlys seamlessly blend voices on songs that date back centuries. “Roving Gambler,” “Down in the Willow Garden,” and “Barbara Allen” are rendered with a grace and tenderness that goes to the heart of their timeless lyrics. Tunes like “I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” and “Rockin’ Alone (In an Old Rockin’ Chair)” forge a connection between folk balladry and modern country music. Phil and Don’s version of Gene Autry’s “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” stands as a loving tribute to their father (and artistic mentor), Ike Everly. Rendered with simplicity and sincerity, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us remains one of the brothers’ essential works.

Customer Reviews

ahead of its time

The resurgence of "Ol' timey" music, see "O' Brother Where art Thou", bluegrass, and various other groups and styles makes this album by the Everly Brothers waayyy ahead of its time. Pre-dating even the folk era, these songs from the hills sung by a group that was rock n' roll based served as a homage to their fathers music. These boys never lost their roots

An intriguing collection of songs...

I would have given this album a five star rating, but it is a little slow in its nature. Coming from the bang that was their first album, the Everlys took a unique turn for their second by doing a collection of old folk and country standards from their daddy's heyday. At least iTunes has finally dropped the clean rating from these albums. Now if only you did not have to by them song by song.


After you listen to Foreverly by Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, listen to the original by the best duo in the history of country & pop music. Both albums are terrific.


Formed: 1954 in Kentucky

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Everly Brothers were not only among the most important and best early rock & roll stars, but also among the most influential rockers of any era. They set unmatched standards for close, two-part harmonies and infused early rock & roll with some of the best elements of country and pop music. Their legacy was and is felt enormously in all rock acts that employ harmonies as prime features, from the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel to legions of country-rockers as well as roots rockers like Dave Edmunds...
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