WALK Right Back, the Everly Brothers tribute show, is back on tour, playing the Grand Opera House, York, on June 12.
From the producers of That’ll Be The Day, it tells the story of the most successful close-harmony duo of all time: country-rock pioneers Phil and Don Everly, from Knoxville, Tennessee.
Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Cathy’s Clown, Wake Up Little Susie, Bird Dog, Crying In The Rain, Walk Right et al feature in this concert-based musical that “entwines the wonderful, sad yet glorious story of The Everly Brothers around those trademark harmonies from heaven”.
Performed by Lars Pluto and Luke Wilson, Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers Story follows the American brothers’ rise to fame, through their decade-long feud, to the reunion that gave them back to the world and back to each other.
Accompanied by steel-string acoustic guitar, The Everly Brothers influenced The Beatles, who referred to themselves as “the British Everly Brothers” when Paul McCartney and John Lennon went hitchhiking south to win a talent competition.
The Fab Four based the vocal arrangement of Please Please Me on Cathy’s Clown. McCartney later referred to “Phil and Don” in the lyrics to Let’Em In, from the 1976 album Wings At The Speed Of Sound.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards called Don Everly “one of the finest rhythm [guitar] players”. Paul Simon, who worked with the Everlys on the song Graceland, said on the day after Phil’s death: “Phil and Don were the most beautiful-sounding duo I ever heard. Both voices pristine and soulful. The Everlys were there at the crossroads of country and R&B. They witnessed and were part of the birth of rock’n’roll.”
Tickets for next month’s 7.30pm performance are on sale at atgtickets.com/york.