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SIBLING HARMONY: 
The Everly Brothers' Story and Song
Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Like most people in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Ike Everly and his brothers toiled in the coal mines, but in their little free time, they played music together on fiddles, mandolins and guitars, singing at the top of their challenged lungs. When Ike and Margaret’s sons came along, first Don and then Phil, they grew up surrounded by the family jam sessions, and by the ages of 8 and 6, they were singing with their parents on live radio in rural Iowa and then Tennessee. Their guitar skills grew as they became teenagers and when their recording of Bye Bye Love soared to the top of the country and pop charts, their fortuitous connection with songwriters Felice and Boudleaux Bryant produced a string of hits: Wake Up, Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Bird Dog, and many others. The exquisite harmonies of the Everly Brothers spice this powerful program, which traces their lives, told in dramatic narration and projected photographs, and includes songs performed live by Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen, who sing professionally as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo. The Everly Brothers ruled the charts in the late 50s and early 60s, with hits like Let It Be Me, Devoted To YouTil I Kissed You, When Will I Be Loved, and Cathy’s Clown. Also, projected on the screen are the song lyrics for a sing-along in this fun and moving presentation.  

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Joan Friedenberg (Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University) is a 30-year professor of education and author and Bill Bowen is a 35-year journalist, including working 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music – Joan (keyboard, guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals), a classically trained musician, played and sang in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois and Florida, and Bill (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has busked in bars and restaurants from Jupiter to Key West. Their meeting in 2010 was fortuitous. Their performances in various Palm Beach County venues as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo led to using their complementary talents to create programs about their musical heroes. Audience testimonials reflect the PinkSlip Duo's success: "Just wonderful," "Great balance of music, talk and photos," "Very talented, very well put together, very enjoyable."  Due, in part, to this acclaim, PinkSlip Duo was named "Best Folk Band for Palm Beach and Broward Counties for 2015" by New Times.

FPL12054
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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