Monday, June 25, 2012

Help Save Horse Racing in Ontario

Although horse racing is referred to as "the sport of kings," it is not elitist.  It is enjoyed by people from all walks of life and a wide variety of cultures around the world.  Sadly, here in Ontario, the horse racing industry is facing a grave threat to its very existence.  It is not an exaggeration to say that the industry will not survive unless decisive measures are taken immediately.  Even the crown jewel of Canadian racing, the Queen's Plate, faces an uncertain future.

This has all come about because the Ontario government has senselessly and arbitrarily decided to end the slots at-racetrack  program.  It was a senseless and reckless move on the part of the government because the program returns $1.1 billion dollars of yearly revenue to the province with absolutely  no government risk or investment.  The slots agreement is scheduled to end on March 31, 2013, after which Woodbine will be deprived of half of its revenues.  Yes, you read that correctly - 50 per cent of its revenues!

On June 21st, just days before the 153rd running of the historic Queen's Plate, Nick Eaves, president and CEO of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, addressed the seriousness of the crisis.  When questioned, Eaves agreed that the 2012 Queen's Plate had a chance to be the last one.  He said, "It could be,  We hope not."  He then added, "It's going to depend on whether we can find an operating model for the first of April (2013) that allows us to continue in business.  If we can't, then this is the last Queen's Plate."

It would be a tragedy if horse racing goes bankrupt in Ontario as it did in Quebec.  After 137 years of operation, Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal closed down in October of 2009.  The good news for Quebec racing fans, however, is that the Quebec Jockey Club is attempting to revive the sport in the province.  A new racetrack will be opening in Trois-Rivieres (between Montreal and Quebec City.)  The refurbished Hippodrome Tros-Rivieres, will host ten races this fall.  The next goal is to build a racetrack in the Montreal area within five years.

Here in Ontario, horse racing is facing some sobering realities.  The venerable Fort Erie Racetrack will be closing down after this year.  What a blow to the citizens of the town of Fort Erie! How devastating to the people who will lose their jobs.   We have already lost the Greenwood Racetrack.  Woodbine and Mohawk could be next.

Horse racing fans, let your voices be heard!  Don't sit back and be passive about this.  Don't allow our sport to die in the province of Ontario.  Bombard your MPP with emails.  Let Finance Minister Dwight Duncan know where you stand.  Remind them of some undeniable facts:

* According to an economic study prepared by the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) in November of 2011, there are 31, 441 jobs sustained by the horse racing industry in Ontario.  When part-time and casual employment are factored in, the industry employs up to 60,000 jobs in this province.  The government's actions may result in these dedicated people being deprived of  both their livelihood and their participation in the sport they love.

* As Woodbine Sports and Entertainment has pointed out, Ontario's horse racing and breeding industry contributes $4.5 billion to the province's gross domestic product.

To support horse racing in Ontario, click on the link below to go to the Value 4 Money website.  It was launched by the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association and it contains factual information about the OLG Slots at Racetrack Program.  It shares specifics about the industry's economic impact and value to Ontario's rural economy and provides concerned citizens with the tools to engage the Government of Ontario  by email.

Value 4 Money

For additional information, contact Sue Leslie, President, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association by phone at 416-679-0741 or online at

- Joanne

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Quiz


For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, summer has officially arrived.   Yesterday,June 20, we reached the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  To celebrate, Number 16 presents a ten-question quiz all about summer. Sit back, relax and test your knowledge.   It's summertime and the livin' is easy!


1.  What year was the Summer of Love?

A.  1968

B.  1967

C.  1969

D.  1966

E.  1970

2.  Back in 1966, The Lovin' Spoonful had a big hit with a song titled "Summer in the City."  What is the first line of the song?

A.  Hot dogs, summer in the city

B.  Hot days, summer in the city

C.  Hot town, summer in the city

D.  Hot times, summer in the city

E.  Hot sun, summer in the city

3.  Who wrote the beautiful poem Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

A.  William Wordsworth

B.  John Donne

C.  Alfred. Lord Tennyson

D.  William Shakespeare

E.  John Keats

4.  What is  known as "The Year Without a Summer?"

A.  "The Year Without a Summer" refers to 1816 in which there were extreme summer climate abnormalities and global temperatures decreased considerably.

B.  The Year Without a Summer is the title of a novel by Sinclair Lewis.

C.  "The Year Without a Summer" is a 1956 song that was sung by Patti Page.

D.  The Year Without a Summer is the title of a film directed by Howard Hawks.

E.  "The Year Without a Summer" refers to 1994, the year of a major league baseball strike which culminated in the cancellation of the World Series.

5.  Who sang the following lyrics?

In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather's fine
You got women, you got women on your mind

A.  Eric Burden and the Animals

B.  The Hollies

C.  Bertie Higgins

D.  Mungo Jerry

E.  The Kinks

6.  What is the name of the 1955 film in which Katharine Hepburn plays a lonely American woman who finds romance with an Italian man during her summer vacation in Venice?

A.  One Summer in Venice

B.  Summertime

C.  Italian Vacation

D.  Sweet Summer

E.  Summer of Romance

7.  Fill in the blank to complete this quote:

The way to ensure summer in _________ is to have it framed and glazed in a comfortable room.

A.  Russia

B.  Newfoundland

C.  Greenland

D.  Alaska

E.  England

8.  Who had a hit song with "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" in 1963?

A.  Perry Como

B.  Frank Sinatra

C.  Sam Cooke

D.  Nat "King" Cole

E.  Andy Williams

9.  In the Bryan Adams song, "Summer of '69," what did the singer buy at the five-and-dime?

A.  He bought his first real six-string guitar.

B.  He bought ice cream for his friends.

C.  He didn't have any money to buy anything.

D.  He bought his first baseball glove

E.  He bought some cool shades.

10.  What is the title of a book written by Bette Greene about a 12-year-old American Jewish girl who befriends an escaped German POW during World War II?

A.  Summer Friends

B.  Summer POW

C.  Summer of My German Soldier

D.  A Summer Tale

E.  My Summer Ally


1.  B

The "Summer of Love" refers to the summer of 1967 when thousands of flower children from around the world flocked to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.

2.  C

The first line of  "Summer in the City" is "Hot town, summer in the city."  The song was co-written by Lovin' Spoonful lead vocalist John Sebastian, his younger brother Mark Sebastian, and Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Steve Boone.  It appeared on the album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1966.

The lyrics to Summer in the City come from a poem that Mark Sebastian submitted to a literary magazine when he attended Blair Academy, a private secondary boarding school in Warren County, New Jersey.

3.  D

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day is Sonnet 18 of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets.  In this sonnet, the speaker compares his beloved to the summer season and reaches the conclusion that his beloved is superior in beauty and loveliness.

4.  A

The year 1816 is known to historians and scientists as the "Year Without a Summer" or "Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death."  In many parts of the world, there was snow in summer. Crops were destroyed due to a lack of sunlight and there was disease and starvation across the Northern Hemisphere.  Global temperatures fell by about 0.4 - 0.7 degrees C (0.7 - 1.3 F).  In New England, there was snow in early June.  Low temperatures and an abundance of rain resulted in crop failures in Britain.

Thees climatic anomalies were caused by two major factors: a historic low in solar activity and an explosive type of volcanic eruption.  On April 10, 1815, Mount Tambora in Indonesia (then known as the Dutch East Indies) erupted.  This volcanic disaster killed thousands of people and spewing prodigious amounts of ash into the atmosphere.  The dust in the atmosphere blocked sunlight from passing through, creating unseasonably cold temperatures.

5.  D

The British rock band Mungo Jerry had a huge hit with "In the Summertime."  It was their first single and it was released in May of 1970.  The song topped the U.K. Singles Chart for seven weeks and reached number one in over 26 countries worldwide.  Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ray Dorset founded the group.

6.  B

Hepburn and Brazzi in Summertime

The film Summertime, Katharine Hepburn played the role of Jane Hudson, an elementary school teacher from Akron, Ohio.  Jane saves enough money to fulfill her dream of spending her summer vacation in Venice.  During her trip overseas, she meets Renato de Rossi, the owner of an antiques store.  Jane and Renato, played by Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, have a bittersweet romance.

7.  E

Horace Walpole

In a letter to Rev. William Cole, May 28, 1774,  the English writer and statesman, Horace Walpole (1717-1797), wrote:  "The way to ensure summer in England is to have it framed and glazed in a comfortable room."

8.  D

Nat "King" had a hit with "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" in 1963.  It reached number 6 on the Billboard charts that year.  Here are the lyrics to the first verse.

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy day of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

To list to Nat "KIng" Cole singing "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer," click on the link below.

9. A

Here is the first verse of "Summer of '69."

I got my first real six-string guitar 
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it till my fingers bled
Was the summer of '69

Canadian rocker Brian Adams recorded "Summer of '69" on his fourth studio album, Reckless, which was released in 1984.  Adams and his former songwriting partner, fellow British Columbian Jim Vallance, wrote the song.

10.  C

Bette Greene's novel, Summer of My German Soldier, was first published in 1973.  It tells the story of a young Jewish girl, Patty Bergen, who lives in Arkansas during World War II.  Patty befriends an escaped German prisoner of war named Anton.

In 1978, "Summer of My German Solder" was turned into a television movie starring Kristy McNichol in the role of Patty and Bruce Dawson as Anton.

- Joanne

Monday, June 11, 2012

Toronto Confidential: June 11, 2012


Issue No. 2

We all claim to be citizens of the world, but you people who live in a city like Toronto, you truly are those citizens.  You have so many ethnic groups here and you know them all so well.  All you have to do is turn the corner to make contact with another part of the universe.  To be able to foster a deep understanding of people and work with that understanding to achieve a common cultural , economic and spiritual good : that is the dream of most people.  And you have that dream here in Toronto. 
- Yo-Yo Ma, famed cellist,
as quoted in the Toronto Star, May 26, 2012

I was away from Toronto for about five days, from May 30th to June 3rd.  During that time, I was visiting relatives in Quebec City.  While I was in that beautiful, historical city, the new from home was very  disconcerting.  First I learned that there was a flood at Union Station.and that the station had to be closed down temporarily.  Then I heard that there was a shooting at the Eaton Centre.  On Saturday, June 2, a man was killed and six people were injured when a man opened fire at the Urban Eatery, a recently-opened food court in the huge downtown mall.  The Urban Eatery is modern and airy.  It made its debut last September after a $48 million renovation.  It contains 24 restaurants and seats 900 people.  I have eaten there a few times myself.

One of the six people wounded in the attack, a 22-year-old man, died of his injuries today.  The accused gunman, Christopher Husbands, was known to police and he gave himself up.  He was targeting the murder victim and he was under house arrest.  Obviously he shouldn't have had a gun in his possession and he shouldn't have had electronic monitoring.

For a city of its size (over 2.6 million people), Toronto is relatively safe.  In 2011, the number of homicides in the City of Toronto was 45, the lowest number since 1986 when there were 37 murders.  In 2010, the city recorded 61 homicides.  The deadliest years were 2007 and 1991. There were 86 homicides during those two years, the most Toronto has ever recorded.

The sad part about the incident, aside from the shootings themselves, is that it's damaging to Toronto's image and to the sense of security of its citizens.  We can't live in fear, however.  We can't lock ourselves up in our homes.

NOTE:  While visiting Quebec City, I rode the buses a few times.  I couldn't help but notice that their buses were much cleaner than our TTC buses.  There were no candy wrappers and newspapers strewn on the seats and on the floor.  I also did not observe people eating on the Quebec City buses.

Much to the chagrin of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, plastic bags will be banned in Toronto.  The ban, scheduled to  take effect on January 1, 2013, is one of the largest of its kind in North America.  It even includes compostable and biodegradale bags.  Cities such as Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California and Fort McMurray, Alberts all have similar bans, but none of those municipalities is as populous as Toronto.

What began as a debate at City Hall on abolishing the five-cent fee on plastic bags, backfired on the controversial mayor.  At first, everything appeared to be going Ford's way.  At his urging, Toronto council decided to scrap the nickel fee.  Then something quite unforeseen happened.  Councillor David Shiner, a member of Ford's executive team, unexpectedly put forth a motion prohibiting retailers from distributing or selling any plastic shopping bags.  To the delight of environmentalists, council approved Shiner's a vote of 24-20.

Mayor Ford said that he expects the ban to undergo a legal challenge and he blamed the city's taxpayers for council's vote to ban plastic bags.  In a radio interview, he told AM 640 host John Oakley that he wants "people to get engaged in municipal politics, and find out who their councillor is and know how they vote."

Neil Young

Neil Percival Young was born in Toronto General Hospital on November 12, 1945.  The influential singer-songwriter is the son of the late Scott Young, a well known Canadian writer and sports journalist.  Neil began performing solo in Canada in 1960.  He relocated to California in 1966 and co-founded the folk rock band Buffalo Springfield.

In 1969, Neil Young became the fourth member of Crosby, Stills and Nash.  He has also enjoyed a very successful solo career and he has been twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a solo artist in 1995 and as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.  On December 30, 2009, Young became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Did you know that Ernest Hemingway's first child was born in Toronto.  Between 1920 and 1924, the great  author worked as a correspondent for the Toronto Star newspaper.  While Hemingway was writing for the Star in 1923 and 1924, he and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, lived in an apartment building at 1597-1599 Bathurst.Street. Their son, John Hadley Nicanor "Jack" Hemingway was born at Toronto's Wellesley Hospital on October 10, 1923.

The Bathurst Street building is now known as ''The Hemingway" in honour of Ernest Hemingway.  It is a Forest Hill condominium.   Below is a photo of The Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway did not say many positive things about Toronto or Canada.  You have put that in the context of the times, however.  During the 1920s, Toronto was very staid and conservative.  It was not an very entertaining city back then.  For an adventurous man like Hemingway, it was rather boring.  If Hemingway were alive today, he'd see a very different place.  An influx of immigration has transformed Toronto into a very lively metropolis.

- Joanne

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Tribute to the Everly Brothers


The Everly Brothers are the most important duo in rock.  The enduring influence of their close, expressive harmonies is evident in the work of British Invasion bands like the Beatles and the Hollies, and folk-oriented acts such as Simon and Garfunkel, not to mention countless other artists.  
- Rolling Stone Magazine

Don and Phil Everly are known for their unique sound, underscored by their close vocal harmonies and steel-string guitar playing.  Their music can be characterized as an elegant blending of folk/country music with rock 'n' roll.  Art Garfunkel described the Everly Brothers as "Kentucky guys with beautiful, perfect-pitch harmonies  and great diction."  "All those vowel and consonants," he said, "those s's and t's, every one of them killed me."

Isaac Donald Everly was born Muhlenberg County, Kentucky on February 1, 1937.  His brother, Philip Everly, was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 19, 1939.  Their parents, Ike and Margaret Everly, were country/folk musicians.  In 1945, the family moved to Shennadoah, Iowa where Ike found employment at radio station KMA.performing 3 times a week.

Ike Everly, an accomplished guitarist, fostered a love of music in his sons.  He encouraged them to sing and he instructed them in the art of guitar playing.  When they were eight and six years old, young Don and Phil appeared with their parents on Ike's radio show.   KMA listeners knew the boys as "Little Donnie" and "Baby Boy Phil."  Margaret often sang with Ike and the boys to complete a four-part harmony and by 1950, the radio program was titled The Everly Family Show.

In 1952, the Everly family moved their show to another radio staion in Evansville, Indiana.  They only stayed there for a year, however.  Times were changing and radio stations were turning away from live programming because it was less expensive to play recordings.  In order to find work, the Everlys were forced to travel from town to town, performing at county fairs, political gatherings and revivals.   In September of 1953, they packed up their car and settled in Knoxville, Tennessee where a station hired them to sing for $90 a week.

When Don and Phil grew older, they left the family act behind and transformed themselves into a duo.  Guitarist and record producer Chet Atkins was a big fan of the brothers and he provided them with enormous support in the early days of their career.  Atkins, an acquaintance of Ike, secured a six-month contract for Don and Phil with Columbia Records.  In November of 1955, the brothers had their one and only recording session with Columbia.  The two songs they released, "Keep A' Lovin' Me" and "The Sun Keeps Shining" failed miserably and Columbia dropped them from its label. Nevertheless, fame and fortune lay just around the corner for the teenage duo.

Although Columbia lost interest in Don and Phil, Chet Atkins continued to lend his support to the brothers. He got them signed as songwriters with Acuff-Rose Music, the largest publishing company in Nashville.  It   was Wesley Rose (the Rose in Auff-Rose) who introduced them to producer Archie Bleyer of Cadence Records.  Bleyer was seeking country talent and he signed the a contract.

In 1957, the Everly Brothers released a single on the Cadence label.  The name of the song was "Bye Bye Love," a tune composed by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, a husband and wife team.  "Bye Bye Love" resonated with teenagers and it was a tremendous hit.  It had a 22-week run on the Billboard chart, reaching as high as Number 2.  The song had been rejected by many other music groups but it became the Everly Brothers' first million-seller.

Due to the popularity of "Bye Bye Love," the Everlys were able to taste stardom for the first time. On May 11, 1957, their longtime dream of performing on the Grand Ole Opry came true.  They received a rousing ovation from the crowd in Nashville.and more success lay ahead for the brothers.

Don and Phil reached the top of the pop charts with their next single, also composed by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.  "Wake Up Little Susie" told the tale of a teenage couple who sneaked home late at night after falling asleep at a drive-in movie.  It was their second million-seller and it remained Number 1 for four weeks.  After recording "Wake Up Little Susie,"  the Everlys embarked on concert tour of 78 cities that ran from September 6 to November 24, 1957.  The blockbuster tour was tagged "The Biggest Show of Stars for '57" and it included such rock 'n' roll luminaries as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Paul Anka, The Drifters and Buddy Holly and The Crickets.

From 1957 to 1959, the Everlys churned out hit after hit.  They racked up six top ten hits on the American country charts and seven on the pop charts.  Two other songs written by the Bryants reached the top of the pop charts during those years: "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Bird Dog." As the 1960s began, however, a whiff of change was in the air.

The Everly Brothers left Cadence Records in 1960 over a disagreement concerning  royalties. They then signed a lucrative ten-year contract with Warner Brothers Records.  "Cathy's Clown," their first single under their new label, was an overwhelming success. That song, written by Don and Phil,, was their biggest selling single and it sold eight million copies worldwide.  The duo also scored hits with "When Will I Be Loved," (written by Phil Evely)  "Walk Right Back" (written by Sonny Curtis) and "Ebony Eyes." (written by Don and Phil).

In November of 1961, Don and Phil Everly enlisted with the Marine Corps Reserve. During their six months in the Corps., they had a hit record with "Crying in the Rain."  Their military obligations, however, prevented them from promoting the song with tours and club dates.  They were released from their service with the Marines on May 24, 1962. and their career began to slow down.  Their final top ten hit was 1962's "That's Old Fashioned."

On February 13, 1962, while in the Marine Corps., Don married his second wife, film and television actress Venetia Stevenson.  The ceremony took place in the chapel at Camp Pendleton, California and the groom wore his Marine dress uniform.  Only five days after the wedding, the Everly Brothers turned up in New York and made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show wearing their uniforms.  In November of that year, Don collapsed on stage while rehearsing for a tour in Britain and Phil was left to finish the tour on his own.

On January 12, 1963, Phil married Jacqueline Alice Ertel, stepdaughter of Archie Bleyer of Cadence Records and daughter of  Bleyer's wife Janet Ertel.  Janet, who died in 1988, was an original member of The Cordettes, a popular quartet of female singers whose biggest hit was "Mr. Sandman."  Phil's marriage to Jackie Ertel lasted until 1970 and produced three children.

By the time of the British Invasion in 1964,.the Evely Brother's heyday was well over.  Beset by personal problems and a demanding performance schedule, their popularity declined sharply.  Don and Phil were also plagued with drug abuse problems.  They were both addicted to methamphetamine (speed) for a time.  In 1963, a troubled Don suffered a nervous breakdown. During this horribly dark period in his life, he attempted suicide.  He was hospitalized and later underwent electroshock treatments.

Don Everly and Venetia Stevenson divorced in 1970.  They had three children: Erin Invicta (born November 8, 1965), a former actress and model, daughter Stacey, an artist, and son Edan (born 1968), a musician. On April 28, 1990, Erin wed Axl Rose, lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, in Las Vegas. Their short-lived marriage was annulled in 1991.  Erin claimed it was a nightmare of physical and emotional abuse.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a growing discord between Don and Phil Everly. Their differences came to a head in 1973.  During a concert at Knott's Berry Farm near Los Angeles, an irate Phil smashed his guitar and stormed off stage.  He was furious because the show had to be stopped midway through the concert, allegedly due to Don's drunkenness.  Don later declared that the Everly Brothers had split and that they had "died ten years ago."  For the next decade, the brothers performed solo and their careers stagnated.

Don and Phil reconciled in September of 1983, after the funeral of their father Ike.  They reunited as a singing duo, toured together.and recorded some albums.  Ten months after their reconciliation, the Everly Brothers gave a highly publicized reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.  The concert was videotaped and televised on the Home Box Office cable network.  In 2003 and 2004, the Everly Brothers joined Simon and Garfunkel on their "Old Friends reunion tour.  They had previously sung background harmony on the title track of Paul Simon's Graceland album.

Don is now 75 years old and Phil is 73. They perform occasionally although they claim to be retired. Phil owns a musical instrument accessories company called Everly Music Comany.  The company manufactures guitar and bass strings designed by Phil and his eldest son Jason.

To watch a video of the Everly Brothers singing "All I Have to Do is Dream:" and "Cathy's Clown," click on the link below.


* Phil Everly was a pall bearer at Buddy Holly's funeral in February of 1959.  In September of 2011, Phil attended the ceremonial unveiling of Buddy Holly's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

* Don has been married four times and Phil has been married three times.  Don's first marriage was to Mary Sue Ingraham in 1957.  They had one child and divorced in 1961. His second was to Venetia Stevenson and his third marriage was to Karen Prettyman on May 6, 1975.  Don is currently married to Adela Garza, whom he met in a musician's bar in Nashville, Tennessee.  They wed in 1997.

* Phil's children are Jason (from his first marriage to Jackie Ertel) and Christopher (from his second marriage to Patricia Mickey which ended in divorce in 1978).  Phil has been married to Patrice Arnold since August 23, 1999).

* Axl Rose wrote his 1988 hit "Sweet Child O' Mine" for his then-girlfriend Erin Everly.

* The Beatles used "Cathy's Clown as the framework for the vocal arrangement of "Please Please Me."

Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the Everly Brothers 33rd on their 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Times.

* Don and Phil Everly are featured on a an  album by Don's son, Edan Everly.  The album, Songs From Bikini Atoll, was released in 2010.

* In 1986, the Every Brothers were included among the first ten artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

EDITOR'S NOTE (August 30, 2013):  Last evening, I saw Don's son, Edan Everly, on stage with Frankie Avalon at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.  Edan, a singer and guitarist, and Frankie performed three Everly Brothers songs.  The songs were "Bye Bye Love," All I I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie."

EDITOR'S UPDATE (January 4, 2014):  Phil Everly passed away on January 3, 2014 in Burbank, California due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  He was 74 years old at the time of his death.

EDITOR'S UPDATE (August 22, 2021):  Don Everly died on August 21, 2021 at the age of  84.  

- Joanne