When the spotlight shone on the stage, the Everly Brothers were ready to transport us all back in time with their rendition of “Love Is Strange” on “Shindig!” in September 1965. The familiar tune carried with it more than just notes and lyrics; it bore the legacy of an era and the richness of a story that resonated with the heartbeat of the 60s.
The Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, were no strangers to the world of music. Long before they graced the “Shindig!” stage, they began their melodious journey as young boys, harmonizing with their parents, Ike and Margaret Everly. The family would often perform on KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa, during the 1940s and 50s. From these humble beginnings, our beloved Everly Brothers ascended to the echelons of musical stardom.
It’s a heartwarming touch to know that the Everly Brothers Childhood Home, a testament to their roots, has been relocated and remodeled and now sits proudly next to the Greater Shenandoah Historical Museum. A museum, you might say, that honors more than history – it celebrates the legacy of music and family.
While “Love Is Strange” might evoke memories of Mickey and Sylvia’s iconic 1957 version for many of us, the Everly Brothers infused it with a style distinctively their own. Their rendition on “Shindig!” showcased their unique rhythm and melody, echoing the authentic voice of the era. For those of you who experienced the 60s, the brothers’ performance is more than a song. It’s an emotion, a dance with the past, a journey down memory lane.
Imagine being a 10-year-old in 1965, dancing in front of the TV, trying to match the moves of the WTAI kids, all the while entranced by the Everly Brothers’ harmonies. It was moments like these that defined an era. For the young hearts of the 60s, this was their world. A world of dreams, love, and music.
Even though their cover of “Love is Strange” did not top the Billboard charts in the U.S., reaching only the 128th spot, its resonance was felt across the Atlantic. The U.K. charts welcomed the brothers with open arms, pushing the song to an impressive #11 position. It’s an affirmation that great music knows no borders. In a world before the instant gratification of streaming platforms, climbing charts in countries oceans apart was no small feat.
As we reminisce about the magic of “Love Is Strange,” we find ourselves in the thrall of its timeless melody and harmony. A testament to its universal appeal and the Everly Brothers’ unparalleled artistry.
So, why not take a moment to experience this musical gem? Dive deep into the rhythm, feel the harmony, and let yourself be transported to a time where love was indeed strange, but the music was always pure.
Because when you listen to the Everly Brothers’ rendition of “Love Is Strange,” you’re not just hearing a song; you’re feeling an era, experiencing a moment in time, and connecting with a legacy. So, play it loud, share it with friends, and let the world know about this 1965 musical treasure!