Emmy Lou Harris sang some of her hits with Phil at the Palomino in Los Angeles
on stage with
Phil Everly and
Joey Paige who had some hits of his own while hooking up with the Everly Bros
Playing bass and singing background with the legendary Phil Everly, then on his
own was a thrill and an half for me.
Phil gave us the freedom to play some of his new songs and Everly Bros. hits with
more of a pop and rock feel and we always had some of Phil's celebrity friends such
as Tom Petty, Keith Richards, Linda Ronstead and many others at our shows at the
Palomino in Los Angeles. I’ll always remember us really rockin the house with “Bye
Bye Love” , “Wake Up Little Suzy” and “Cathy’s Clown”.
Our band had a unique background starting with keyboard player, Dicky Thompson who
had played with the Steve Miller Blues band. Our original drummer was my brother
Angelo (pictured above 2nd from left) who was also an artist on Fantasy Records and
had scheduling conflicts which led to our good friend legendary Brazilian drummer
Claudio Slon from Sergio Mendes Brazil 77 who wanted to play country and rock and
wow could he play it all. Then of course there was leader Jay Lacy an amazing guitar
player from the early Everly Bros. Days who orchestrated this band getting together
from the beginning. Ray Burghardt landed the other guitar spot and you know he had
to be one of the finest rhythm guitar players around just to be onstage with Jay
and Phil. Ray is still very active playing, writing & producing including a recent
project with hip hop artist L L Cool J.
Also pictured above on the right is Joey Paige who was one of the original bass
players with the Everly Bros. and helped his friend Phil with some great background
singing in our shows. Jack Sargeant a drummer also from the Everly Bros. days filled
in on drums when Claudio was unavailable.
Check out the 2010 Rob Reiner movie “Flipped” with Phil Everly singing ”Let It Be
Me” during the last scene that we all played on!