Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Lord Of The Manor” by The Everly Brothers

When the Everly Brothers signed with Warner Brothers Records for ten million dollars in 1960, it was reported to be the most lucrative recording contract of the time. The Everlys were on a roll, scoring numerous hits for the Cadence label including such classics as “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Bird Dog,” “Devoted To You,” “(Till) I Kissed You,” “Let It Be Me,” and many others, so it made great sense for Warners, which was in its infancy as a record label, to pony up the money to get them. After two years with Warners and more monster hits like “Cathy’s Clown,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Walk Right Back,” “Lucille,” “Ebony Eyes,” “Temptation” and “Crying In The Rain,” to name but a few, the hits began to dry up due to a falling out with song publisher Acuff-Rose. And while the hits didn’t totally dry up, the Everlies certainly didn’t live up to the lofty standards that their label had hoped for by dishing out the big bucks to get them. One of the happy byproducts of Don and Phil coming up short in the hits department while with Warners was their openness to cut interesting records of all different genres that they otherwise probably wouldn’t have tried as they searched for that ever elusive hit. As a result, we got classic Country, British Invasion (the “Two Yanks In England” album had them backed by The Hollies), Easy Listening Pop, standards, roots music and even psychedelic rock tracks and albums that had the boys adeptly adapting to whatever musical surroundings they found themselves in. This track is from their 1968 and later showed up on the double album, “The Everly Brothers’ Show,” which was released in conjunction with their early 1970s musical TV variety show. The Brothers acrimoniously broke up in 1972 and barely spoke to each other until their reunion in 1983, when they resumed recording and touring together. Unfortunately, the last 10 years have found their recording career once again dormant.