Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Eating Sardines with the Everly Brothers

Arnold Maxin is your uncle? damn

Cousin. Long departed to rock and roll heaven. 

During the 1990's the band I was in got scheduled to open for Screamin' Jay Hawkins at the now long gone Nightstage in Cambridge. Well, were we excited? Do I have to say? However, there was a snowstorm and Screamin' Jay couldn't make it into town. We still played, then spent the rest of the night getting drunk in the lesbian bar downstairs....and that's my story of how I met Screamin' Jay Hawkins NOT!

That would've been cool if it had happened...I'd probably have gotten drunk too when it didn't...

Ed has lots of backdoor connections to things...I'm grateful he lets us in on these things once in a while...the story of Phil and Don Everly and "El Kabong" (as long as we are being nostalgic, there's a Quick Draw McGraw reference for you) and the resulting breakup was quite a scandal at the time...those guys had a wonderful sound...and there's lots of classic material there, the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant stuff, and I love "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" that Ike inspired and they recorded to get out of their obligation to Cadence...those Everly Brothers records were among the first 45rpm's dad bought me when I was maybe 4-5...I played his records so much he started taking me to the record store and buying me records so he could get bhis back and play them on the big Hi-Fi...I had one of those stackable 45 players as described here, and loved everything about it...Elvis, Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Chuck Berry...I was lucky...the Clerks at Joe's Record Shop knew the real stuff, Joe hired teenagers, so I never got Pat Boone by mistake because he happened to be number dad told them to sell me the stuff they liked...good advice...

So thanks Ed, you took me back in time, search of more earworms as we speak...sardines?...I'd rather not, but if I have to, mustard sauce please...

Whenever a discussion of the Everly Brothers comes up it reminds me of one of the first rock'n'roll concerts I went to in 1967 when I was 17. It was one of those early rock shows that had about 20 bands who only did 2 or 3 songs. On that show at the massive Cow Palace in San Francisco were popular groups like the Who and Sopwith Camel but also the Everly Brothers who were pass their prime in popularity by then. During their performance the young audience was not impressed and basically ignored them and talked through their whole performance. When they walked off the M.C. came on and lectured that audience of thousands about how sad and immature our disrespect was and that this was one of the great musical acts of all time and we were basically too stupid to realize it. I never forgot that and it was an early lesson about respecting great artists. Thanks Ed for another delightful post and some more tidbits from your interesting life.

While some bloggers mention Dylan in every damn post on NoDepression, my New Year's Resolution is to mention Chuck Prophet in every post/reply. So with that enjoy "The Left Hand and the Right Hand" because "no one can harmonize the way those brothers do"!


That's a great song Mr. Clown and could be about a number of brothers in bands like Ray & Dave Davies or John & Tom Fogerty. I'm all for you mentioning Chuck Prophet in every post.  I recently bought one of his earliest albums, 1993's "Balinese Dancer" and you know, that title track is very Dylanesque.

When I first heard the song I thought of Don and Phil too till I heard it was about the Mitchell Brothers in San Fran.


So Sad is a great song but when I see the "Everly Brothers" and "ear worm" come together I think "Bird Dog".   Now try and not hear THAT song in your head for the rest of the day.    

I thought I'd read that too...found the article, it was in Rolling Stone, 2012...the Mitchell Brothers story is a crazy one if there ever was kings who spent $60K making "Behind the Green Door", which grossed $25 million...

I think I'd rather it was about the Everly's...certainly the line quoted fits Phil and Don...

That's some nice ROI!   I guess it couldn't be about Everly's (and I thought the Alvin's may apply too) though.  "Temple Beautiful" is Chuck's love letter to SF.            


Fabulous article Ed. I always enjoy your writing and I always learn something!

Glad y’all are enjoying the Everly-a-thon. This one was ‘so sad’ to write.