The Ev brother and Eusébio

Two magic people died last week. Of course all of us are magic beings most of us with beliefs and dreams of something above or beyond, otherwise our lives on this earth would be intolerable.

The Everly Brothers Don and Phil were one of pop music’s greatest vocal duos. they inspired The Beatles and so many more.

Last week Phil said Bye Bye Love to all of this. That was their breakthrough hit in 1957 coming in at No 2 just behind Elvis Presley’s Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear. How charming and delightfully innocent song titles were in those days.

Graham Nash of The Hollies - another group of extraordinary harmoney influenced by the Everleys - described the effect the song had on him: “It was like the opening of a giant door in my soul, the striking of a chord.”

That song and other early hits such as Wake Up Little Susie and All I have to Do is Dream, were written by husband and wife Felice Boudleaux Bryant. But the lads went on to pen their own work.

Like Dundalk’s Corrs, they learned their trade from their parents and after the death of live radio in the early 50s went on to become a duo.

The years on the road took their toll and by the early 70s Phil smashed his guitar after a gig in Califronia and stormed off the stage.

They reformed in 1984 and sang on Paul Simon’s Graceland album.

And while The Ev Brothers, as they were popularly known, were giving us some of the greatest popular musical harmony of the century, a young African footballer called Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was working his magic on the soccer fields of Europe.

A Mozambican he scored 473 goals in 440 games with Benfica.

Many Dundalk fans of the era will remember travelling to The Oval in Belfast to see him play against Glentoran in a 1967 European Cup tie.

He scored and when he struck the ball it stook in the back of the net for ages defying gravity. Magic.


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