Today’s show is going to focus on The Everly Brothers. Recently Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers duo died and I want to show you what an influence this group was on all the rock music that followed them. The Everly Brothers laid the groundwork for harmonizing vocals for most of the groups that came during the sixties and seventies. I am going to take you on a trip through many of the bands whose songs were influenced by them including, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, The Beach Boys and even the Beatles. Then we will get into some blues and rock and I even have a 2007 previously unreleased song by none other than Rick Siegel!
So let’s get started!
They started it all with the smooth harmonizing vocals back in the early 50’s. Supported by Chet Atkins and touring with the likes of Buddy Holly, in fact Phil Everly was one of the pallbearers when they buried Buddy Holly. With the recent death of Phil Everly, who was the younger of the Everly Brothers we remember them with one of their greatest hits so I present to you,
Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Susie
This next track is from Buffalo Springfield, a short-term group whose breakup formed over seven other famous bands including Poco and Crosby Stills & Nash. The band was plagued by alcohol use, drug arrests, the draft as well as infighting and all the bad things associated with the music business. Let’s take a listen to this Everly Brothers influenced band as I present to you,
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
After Buffalo Springfield broke up two very important bands emerged. The first being Poco, who kept more to the country/folk part of the harmonies. With half the band moving to Poco they came up with many famous hits and I present to you,
Poco – Keep On Believin’
Probably most famous of the groups emerging from Buffalo Springfield was Crosby, Stills & Nash. With the wild and crazy Stephen Stills always out drinking and drugging they still could put together a great sound. So here is another great harmonizing vocal song as I present to you,
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Woodstock
The Everly’s influence went way beyond what you could imagine. None other than The Beach Boys took to the stages using brothers and harmony to their advantage. Keeping a bit closer knit than the likes of Poco The Beach Boys had their own problems with drugs and an overbearing father who made life miserable for the boys. I present this great harmonizing hit,
The Beach Boys – I Get Around
The Everly Brothers influence reach for the sky and included The Beatles! Arguably the most popular band of the era The Beatles produced and wrote their own songs, something unheard of at this time. Yet their harmonizing was copied from the early Everly Brothers and I present to you,
The Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
OK, I think we paid a lot of homage to the Everly Brothers and now it is time to turn to something different. Let’s go listen to some amazing Motown songs. Who better to turn to than The Detroit Spinners? It is history that a group of friends come together and make music and this suburban Detroit band laid the groundwork for the Motown sound. I present to you,
Detroit Spinners – Are You Ready For Love
Well, what Rick’s Radio program would be without some deep blues? So let’s move on to some blues by the Amazing John Lee Hooker. With most of his friends taken off by white dominated society to prison the theme is often repeated as white USA put blacks into jail, I present to you a 1958 song,
John Lee Hooker – Prison Bound
Now we continue with the classic blues portion of the show with the King of Blues, B.B. King. Nobody sings the blues like B.B. and in this song he whines away at how nobody loves him but his mother. I present to you,
B.B. King – Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
Influenced heavily by John Lee Hooker and B.B. King is none other than Eric Clapton. While his latest efforts have a much softer edge I have some recordings from the 60’s that have never been released. He was a very solid and heavy blues artist who could kick out a lick at a moments notice. I present to you,
Eric Clapton – Boogie Funk
Back in the 60’s there was another kind of movement with Folk Blues and I think Maria Muldaur can represent that era well. Born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D’Amato her Mediterranean roots with the American ideals made her stand out from the crowds. Here is one of her real rocking songs and I present to you,
Maria Muldaur – I’m A Woman
Not all blues comes from Chicago, and not all Blues comes from the USA, and certainly not from the UK. But I have now a really big surprise as I present to you a German blues guitarist and singer whose American Blues influence was brought to Germany and flourished. Henrik Freishchlader is one of the current blues stars in Europe and the German born Henrik is no Hienie. Listen to this guy kick it out as I present to you,
Henrik Freischlader – Point Of View
Another recently deceased artist who mixed blues, jazz and soul together to make a mark on the music we all here is Gil Scott Heron. A precursor to Rap and hip-hop Heron died in 2011 but left us this amazing legacy. One of his best-known songs with hip-hop elements with cultural and political references combined comes from this next track as I present to you,
Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Now a special surprise. Back in 2007 I hooked up with a couple local musicians and friends to make some music. Not a lot happened but I had access to the studio they made and they did help to make this next song. The song is rough and not produced well but it was made to be fun and bring the audience into the vocals so the lyrics were easy and you could add whatever you wanted. The song is translated as “Where you going?” So you could be going anywhere to do anything. So I present to you,
Rick Siegel – ¿A Dónde Vas?
That’s all the time I have right now and it is now time to close the show and pop this cork scene. I want to thank everyone for making this show possible and to the great artists who played the music. Remember that everything about this show including this script is up on RicksRadio.com in both English and Spanish, so get on the site. Register and comment about the shows. Let me know what you like and what you want to hear more of. I have a pretty large collection of music and you will be hearing more of it as we go along.
Tune in next week when I bring you more great and special music. I am going to go back to more of our jazz roots, blues and root rock’n roll. Yep, that means some great songs from great artists and all of them will rock your socks off.
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