Wake Up Little Susie (1957 #1Pop; #1Country Billboard chart hit; #2UK)
Label: Cadence Records
The Everly Brothers' debut is, hands down, one of the all-time greats. It contains no less than six smash hits. Three of them ("Bye Bye Love," "I Wonder If I Care as Much" and "Wake Up Little Susie") are pop classics. With the release of just a single 12-song record, Don and Phil built a bridge over which the duo transported bluegrass and country music's love for tight harmonies into the land of rock 'n' roll. It's an innovation that would go on to inspire The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Byrds, Fleetwood Mac, The Jam and beyond -- all the way up to your favorite indie-rock band.