Thursday, June 13, 2024

RIP Don Everly: Paul McCartney Loved the Everly Brothers So Much He Gave Them A Shout Out in A Hit Single


The Beatles loved the Everly Brothers and emulated them on many records. So did Simon & Garfunkel and dozens of other groups who were influenced by the Everlys’ harmonies. (I used to love it when Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe gave them tributes.)

Don Everly died of a heart attack yesterday. He was 84 years old. The tributes are pouring in.

Paul McCartney loved the Everlys. He once said that when he and John Lennon were starting out, he was Don and John was Phil.

In the 1980s, Paul wrote and produced a single for them called “On the Wings of a Nightingale.” (see below). But in the 70s, Paul acknowledged the brothers in his hit single, “Let ‘Em In.” The chorus gave them a shout out:

Sister Suzie, brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Brother Michael, auntie Gin
Open the door and let ’em in, yeah

RIP Don Everly, who preceded his brother in death by 7 years. They didn’t always get along, but the music they made was magic.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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