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14 Oct 1957

todayOctober 14, 2022

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“Wake Up Little Susie” becomes the Everly Brothers’ first #1 hit
Harmony singing was a part of rock and roll right from the beginning, but the three- and four-part harmonies of doo-wop, derived from black gospel and blues traditions, would never have given us Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles or the Byrds. To get those groups, you first had to have the Everly Brothers, whose ringing, close-harmony style introduced a whole new sound into the rock-and-roll vocabulary: the sound of Appalachia set to hard-driving acoustic guitars and a subtle backbeat rhythm. One of the most important and influential groups in the history of rock and roll, the Everly Brothers burst onto the music scene in 1957 with their first big hit, “Bye Bye Love,” which was quickly followed with their first #1 song, “Wake Up Little Susie,” which topped the Billboard pop chart on October 14, 1957.

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