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Paul Simon performs at Phil Everly fundraiser

Written by admin on October 30, 2014 – 10:01 am -

Paul Simon paid tribute to the late Phil Everly at an intimate fundraiser in Nashville on Wednesday night (Oct 29).

The event, organised by Everly’s widow, Patti, took place at the Belle Meade house of Nashville socialite, Sylvia Roberts. Among those in attendance were songwriters Bob DiPierso and Brett James, and cast members of the ABC show “Nashville” (the house is used as the home of the character Rayna Jaymes on the show).

Patti Everly told Rolling Stone:

Phil loved hanging out with Paul and telling their stories when they toured together. And Paul loved Phil so much. So how can you not call Paul for your first choice? He starts playing and the world stops.

After an introduction by Brenda Lee, Paul Simon performed a nine-song set, opening with “The Sound of Silence” and also featuring “Hearts and Bones,” “Mystery Train,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “The Boxer,” the Everly Brothers’ hits “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” and a duet with Brenda Lee on “Mrs Robinson”.

The event raised an estimated $180,000 for the COPD Foundation.

The harmonies of the Everly Brothers were a big inspiration to the young Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel when they were developing their act. The brothers reunited to appear as a guest act on the Simon & Garfunkel “Old Friends Tour” in 2003.

“Bye Bye Love” – Simon & Garfunkel & The Everly Brothers (Live 2003)

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