There’s no group in this first era of rock n roll like The Everly Brothers. Their song “(Til) I Kissed You” is a classic golden oldie. Maybe a kiss can change entirely how you feel, and this song by Don Everly captures that moment of young love.In the late 1950s, The Everly Brothers were a top act for Cadence Records. In 1959, the song was on the charts for 16 weeks and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was #8 on the U.S. Country Chart and #22 on the R&B Chart. The song was also an international success, going to #2 in Australia, #3 in Canada, and #2 in the U.K. Chet Atkins played guitar on the record. The Crickets played on it as well.
Don and Phil Everly were both guitarists and sing a beautiful, close harmony where each line can often stand on its own as a melody line. In addition to their harmonic style, they brought elements of country and pop music into rock and roll. Don was born in 1937 and Phil in 1939. They sang professionally before their teens, as their father Ike Everly was a guitarist and performer. They both went into the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve in 1961. Phil passed away earlier this year. About their music, Don said: “We never followed trends. We did what we liked and followed our instincts. Rock’n’roll did survive, and we were right about that. Country did survive, and we were right about that. You can mix the two but people said we couldn’t.”