The Everly Brothers were inducted to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame among the first pioneers in the inaugural ceremony – in the company of Elvis, Chuck, Fats, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. And deservedly. Don and Phil Everly brought the country music flavours – just as Chuck and Fats brought the R&B flavours – to help create that blending of the two distinct genres into what came to be called ‘Rock’n’Roll’. Phil died several years ago, but with Don’s recent passing, we really are left with just one pioneer still standing – and that’s the wild man of the piano, Jerry Lee Lewis.
But this show salutes The Everly Brothers with many of their classic hits, as well as a few more ‘recent’ recordings, including the last song Don and Phil recorded together.
Just days after Don’s death, another legend passed away – the Rolling Stones’ drummer, Charlie Watts. This was the death that I felt more closely – perhaps because I grew up with The Stones, but also because the band had this ‘larger-than-life’ image of going ‘forever’. Charlie’s death reminded me of my own mortality; that time marches on and stops for no one. I’ll salute the drumming legend with two Rolling Stones hits considered among his best works.
Our final half hour spotlights the late Leonard Cohen on what would’ve been his 87th birthday.
And the first hour’s ‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘ features ‘The Boss’, Ian & Sylvia, Jim Croce and ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ – ‘Linda’. The 1940s hit was written for the real-life little girl, who grew up to marry Paul McCartney. Along the way, she had a significant career as a photographer – that’s how she met Paul. Linda McCartney would be turning 80 next week – were she still alive.
I hope you’ll join me for this edition of ‘Vintage Favourites’ Sunday (Sep.19) from 2:00 to 4:30.