Lately I’ve been playing the Everly Brothers station on Pandora for my grand kids. The music is sweet, the songs are catchy and often quite short. One clocked in at 1:54. They love it, and often feel moved to dance.

Phil Everly just died and the LA Times has a long, meaty obituary. One thing was clear: siblings can harmonize like no others. Which is why the collaboration between Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong seemed like a fool’s errand.

“They had that sibling sound,” said Linda Ronstadt, who scored one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of “When Will I Be Loved,” which Phil Everly wrote. “The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound [with family] that you never get with someone who’s not blood related to you. And they were both such good singers — they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock ‘n’ roll sound.”

“Wake Up Little Susie” seems so quaint today. It’s a story of two teens who fall asleep watching a movie (presumably at a drive-in) and fear for their reputations.

The movie wasn’t so hot
It didn’t have much of a plot
We fell asleep, our goose is cooked
Our reputation is shot

Wake up, little Susie
Wake up, little Susie

Today, slutty behavior is a ticket to fame and success, so it’s amusing to read that:

Those songs are now perceived as remnants of a more innocent age, but “Wake Up Little Susie” was banned from many radio stations because its story of two teenagers being out together into the wee hours was considered too racy.

“It didn’t even enter our minds that anybody could object to it,” Phil recalled in 1984. “But if we’d called a press conference to deny it, nobody would have shown up. They were all off listening to big bands.”