"All I Have To Do Is Dream" is the first song I ever remember singing (other than nursery type stuff). Even the "Gee Whiz" still gets me.
Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.
“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”
During the height of their popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s, they charted nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, among them “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” The Everly Brothers were among the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it got off the ground in 1986.
"They had that sibling sound," said Linda Ronstadt, who scored one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of "When Will I Be Loved," which Phil Everly wrote. "The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound [with family] that you never get with someone who’s not blood related to you. And they were both such good singers--they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock 'n' roll sound."
I'm excited. There's a movie, a documentary, that I'm looking forward to seeing. It's not about someone I know or knew -- just remember. The subject is a woman who pushed the boundaries of taste and became the real Betty Boop of her time -- Bettie Page.
I've seen pictures of her, both photos and drawn, and I knew she was somebody, but not really who. When I was told she was Bettie Page, that didn't mean too much to me. She's a generation before me, maybe two. But what I do recognize is she "busted" down a lot of taboos and was a woman of courage, vision and a sense of style. She created a look. She was admired by men and women alike.
Hugh Hefner said she was, "a combination of bawdy and nice."
She caused fear in those who fought the 1950s culture wars. She was arrested and tried. Given a chance at her freedom over an obscenity charge if she'd just burn the negatives, she told a judge she would not. "I'm not indecent." She even challenged him to raise the charges because she would never cop a plea.
If you're like me and don't know of her other than a nodding acquaintance, she meteorically rose to fame as a pin-up girl, post Betty Grable, and at the pinnacle of her career, disappeared. Where'd she go? Rumors flew fast and furiously. The mob got her. She fell victim to heroin. She had gone insane.
See if this doesn't add a bit of 'tease' to the movie term, teaser. I Bettie you it does.
How closely were you paying attention. Professionally she used Betty and Bettie as her first name. But I don't blame you if you hadn't caught it. It took me two viewings to see it.
When my mom was in a particularly good mood, she would sing this at the top of her lungs. Drove me nuts.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. » Unforgettable songs like "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window" made Patti Page the best-selling female singer of the 1950s and a star who would spend much of the rest of her life traveling the world.
When unspecified health problems finally stopped her decades of touring, though, Page wrote a sad-but-resolute letter to her fans late last year about the change.
"Although I feel I still have the voice God gave me, physical impairments are preventing me from using that voice as I had for so many years," Page wrote. "It is only He who knows what the future holds."
Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., according to publicist Schatzi Hageman, ending one of pop music's most diverse careers. She was 85 and just five weeks away from being honored at the Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.
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