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The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven (2016)

Documentary which celebrates, over the period covering the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 60s, the phenomenon of the Everly Brothers, arguably the greatest harmony duo the world ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Del Bryant ... Himself
Jake Bugg ... Himself
Paul Du Noyer Paul Du Noyer ... Himself
Dave Edmunds ... Himself
Don Everly ... Himself
Paul Gambaccini Paul Gambaccini ... Himself
Art Garfunkel ... Himself
Will Harlan Will Harlan ... Himself
Keith Harris ... Himself
Albert Lee Albert Lee ... Himself
Michael McCall Michael McCall ... Himself
Graham Nash ... Himself
Lucy O'Brien Lucy O'Brien ... Herself
Will Oldham ... Himself
Tim Rice ... Himself
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Documentary which celebrates, over the period covering the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 60s, the phenomenon of the Everly Brothers, arguably the greatest harmony duo the world has witnessed, who directly influenced the greatest and most successful bands of the 60s and 70s - the Beatles, the Stones, the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel to name but a few. Don and Phil Everly's love of music began as children, encouraged by their father Ike. Little Donnie and Baby Boy Phil sang on Ike's early-morning radio shows in Iowa. After leaving school, the brothers moved to Nashville where, under the wing of Ike Everly's friend, the highly talented musician Chet Atkins, Don and Phil signed with Cadence Records. They exploded onto the music scene in 1957 with Bye Bye Love, written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. After Bye Bye Love came other hits, notably Wake Up Little Susie, followed by the worldwide smash hit All I Have to Do Is Dream and a long string of other great songs which ... Written by 1515 Productions

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Well-crafted documentary
25 October 2016 | by Sissy111See all my reviews

What can you say about these guys that hasn't already been said? Not even the most peripheral rock 'n' roller should need an explanation regarding how the two young Kentucky- bred brothers placed their stamp upon the sounds of the Sixties. These guys were awesome together. Their music was like breath of fresh air. Timeless, pure magic, with perfect harmonies. I think even people who don't know their music will enjoy this beautiful documentary.

The doc focuses on their career in the late fifties and early sixties when Phil and Don Everly were one of the biggest acts in the world. I loved the interviews with Don, Art Garfunkel and Keith Richards, with Richards declaring Don one of the best acoustic rhythm guitarists he ever heard. I found lots of good info here from a clutch of talking heads including rock writers and music executives, along with clips taken from American and British TV shows.

Watching this I realized that the joint duo singing and harmonizing since the beginning, was used by later rock'n'roll British groups, such as The Beatles. Just take a look at Paul and George using the same mike, exactly like Don and Phil did years before. Great performances can be a tear-jerk-er when you realize there are no more. Bitter sweet. Sad to think that Phil has left us. I recommend this highly.


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