Everly Brothers get legendary in Vancouver with the help of Albert Lee



By Steve Newton

The Legends of Rock and Roll series, which takes place Sundays at the Expo Theatre, has had some pretty dismal moments so far. But with acts like The Ventures, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles still to come, the token appearances of people like Frankie Avalon and Fabian may still be redeemed.

One of the real legends–and one of the few to still be living the rock and roll life–are the Everly Brothers, who played last Sunday (July 13).

With a crack band that included lead guitarist Albert Lee, guitarist/pedal-steel player Hank De Vito, keyboardist Pete Wingfield, bassist Phil Cranham, and drummer Larrie Londin, Phil and Don Everly ran through oldies like “Bye Bye Love” and “Dream, Dream, Dream” as well as new tunes from their latest Dave Edmunds-produced LP, Born Yesterday.

Wingfield was the showboat of the band, leaping up and down and pulling a Jerry Lee Lewis trick by playing one-handed from underneath his piano. Albert took over at one point and rocked out on “Country Boy”, a song he wrote for Ricky Scaggs.

Other highlights of the 90-minute set included tunes written for the Everly’s by Paul McCartney (“On the Wings of a Nightingale”) and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits (“Why Worry”).




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