Phil Everly's Guitar
The Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, were incredibly important to me, and to my friend Allan Clarke. We first met them when they performed in Manchester in 1960. I was 18. Allan and I waited for hours in the rain on the steps of the Midland Hotel just to meet them. They stumbled in at around 1:30 a.m. and took the time to talk to us — to encourage us to follow our dream, which became the Hollies. This is Phil's guitar from 1963, and it's one of my prized possessions. I mean, that's one of the Everly Brothers' guitars, for God's sake.
Years later, on the road with CSN, I got a call from Phil in Toledo, Ohio. I said, "Hey, Phil, why are you calling me in Toledo?" He said, "You know that theater where you're playing tomorrow? We're playing there tonight. Do you want to come?" I went to their soundcheck, and Don looked at me and said, "OK, what are you going to sing with us tonight?" I was fucking dying. Onstage with The Everly Brothers? This was a lifelong dream. I tried to be nonchalant. "How about 'So Sad'? I love that song." Somewhere I have a board tape of me singing 'So Sad' in three-part harmony with the Everly Brothers. Just stunning. Between the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly, that was it. They were my main influences when I was growing up.