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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032CG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roving Gambler
2. Down In The Willow Garden
3. Long Time Gone
4. Lightning Express
5. That Silver Haired Daddy OF Mine
6. Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet
7. Barbara Allen
8. Oh So Many Years
9. I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail
10. Rockin' Alone In An Old Rockin' Chair
11. Kentucky
12. Put My Little Shoes Away

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In 1958, at the height of their fame, the Everlys had the luxury of doing this album of traditional songs. They apply those gorgeous harmonies to Roving Gambler; Barbara Allen; Lightning Express; Long Time Gone , and more!

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Released in 1958 at the height of their initial success, the Everly Brothers' second album abandons the rootsy rock & roll sound of hits like "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love" in favor of the sort of traditional Appalachian ballads Phil and Don heard and played while growing up in Kentucky. Not surprisingly, the brothers' close-harmony singing style works perfectly with songs like "Down in the Willow Garden," "Barbara Allen," and "Roving Gambler." While there are no real "hits" here, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us is a solid record full of heartfelt performances--only the most stonyhearted listener could fail to be moved by their rendition of Gene Autry's "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine." --Dan Epstein

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It is my favorite Everly Bros. album.
LtCol Richard L. Jones (USAF-Retired)
I purchased this for a friend as a gift, it brought back a lot of memories for him and he loved it.
sheann
They make such beautiful harmonies together!
David M. Wilkinson

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Owen on January 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Everly's cut this album of old (some from 16th century) folk songs to fulfill their 2 album contract with Cadence records while they were signing to Warner Bros.
What at the time was a smart business choice (they didn't want to release hits and have to compete with them on Warner) also turns out to be and interesting artistic choice. Of course, folk groups like the Kingston Trio became very big singing "folk" tunes but this album is more genuine, less [fake] than their pop contemporaries.
Personally, when I first bought this album 10 years ago I was sixteen and trying to expose myself to any type of music that was intelligent. "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" definitely fits the bill. CD's have come and gone but this one has stayed, fueling my interest in Appalachian music and the power of the folk tradition.
If you like earthy, pre-honky tonk, pure country, with unapologetically sentimental tunes and a heck of a lot of country soul, you should take a gamble and buy this album.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By LtCol Richard L. Jones (USAF-Retired) on October 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was a teenager in high school when the Everlys made their success in Rock and Roll. Like my schoolmates, I rocked along with them at that time. But my roots are in bluegrass and traditional music like they sing on this album. My family comes from the Tennessee hills. Even back then I recognized their brand of harmony as coming from this form of music, even when applied to rock and roll tunes. I didn't find out about this album until years later, which I regret. It is my favorite Everly Bros. album. You will enjoy it a lot.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jack Behme on April 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first bought the record version of this album from a P.X. in Darmstadt, Germany and I played it to death. This IS the roots of the Everly Brothers, as pure and unadulterated as a clear mountain stream. This is the Everlys unplugged and unpolished and though the sound is well engineered and of very good quality, it's not overproduced or slicked up in any way. It's the real deal! Some may find this album too simple, the guitar technique too limited, but if anyone had the privilege of sitting on a front porch in Appalachia (pronounced by those that live there, properly in fact, as apple atcha) with the Everly Brothers at their childhood home in Kentucky, this is pretty much what you'd hear, songs about Kentucky and missing the hound dogs chasin' coons. Mothers and fathers who love their children and would give all for them and did. Some may simply label these songs as "old tearjerkers" or too sentimental but there's none contrived, they're very real to the Appalachian people who sing the truth, because, in the mountains, your truth is unquestionable. There's "Barbary Allen", a song that arrived to the mountains with Scotch And Irish pioneers, later but still very old songs like, "Down By th Willow Garden", and a song sung long ago by Bradley Kincaid, "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?"
These are songs as comfortable as your Granddaddy's old flannel shirt or drinkin' water from a dipper or the pride and love for your oldest relatives who've always been a part of you.
If you can't handle that don't buy it. But if what I've said has any meaning in your life, buy it and sit a spell on that porch that sadly, may no longer be standin', a way of life that's seen moonshine replaced by prescription drug abuse, simple songs replaced by hard rock and Country that ain't even Country Music. A simpler more innocent time.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By █ R I Z Z O VINE VOICE on March 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Nobody can harmonize like the Everly Brothers. It is absolutely unbelievable the sound they have together. Influenced by their father Ike, considered a great guitarest and country performer, the Everly Brothers put a different spin on the traditional songs that evolved from the birth of country recordings. It was the '60s hit "I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail" that prompted me to discover this CD. The song was originally recorded in early 30's by the Cumberland Ridge Runners.

Several of these songs are included in the Franklin Mint Record Society Greatest Country Music Recordings of all Time (LPs). Gene Autry recorded "Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" in 1931.

The themes are love, loss, death, and sorrow. "I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail" is a plea from an old lady to a warden begging to let her son out.

"Lightening Express", a small boy boards a train with a letter in hand from his dying mother. Lacking a ticket, a stern conductor advises the boy to get off at the next stop. The boys says, "I want to reach home and kiss mother goodbye before God takes her away."

"Down in the Willow Garden" certainly dates back to the 30s/40s when sung by Charlie Monroe, brother of Bill Monroe. The tragedy involves a lass who murdered his love, Rose Connelly, and the man always believed what his father told him "that money would set you free."

"Long Time Gone" reflects on departure, tears and sorrow. This music is unique, but what makes it so pleasurable is the sweet and delicate harmony of the Everly Brothers.

I enjoy this music for a melancholy afternoon of rest and relaxation. You can head for a nap, watch the snow or hear the rain pouring, these songs enhance solitude and peace. The harmony is amazing. MzRizz
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By desertrat on August 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I owned the album (still do)when I was very young. Loved it! Bought it on tape and now on CD. Truly one of the greatest groupings of old old favorites ever put together. Also, nobody can EVER equal these two harmonizing miracles!
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