‘Even If I Hold It in My Hand [Hard Luck Story],’ the Everly Brothers’ minor chord mini-masterpiece

Garish threads acquired from Dublin boutique shops dominate this unused color portrait for a spread featured in the June 1966 issue of New Spotlight magazine. Youngest Everly Brother Phil wears a matching red tartan jacket and hipster slacks, chanteuse Eileen Kelley [frontwoman for Irish showband the Nevada] opts for a floral print tapestry dress, while elder brother and lead singer Don Everly is content with a trendy neon red corduroy reefer jacket and blue checked hipster pants. In late April 1966 the Everly Brothers toured Ireland and sat for this series of predominantly black and white photos. Their most recent Top 40 pop single in the USA had been the propulsive “Gone, Gone, Gone” in 1964 — two years without a hit in the swingin’ sixties was cause for crisis — but European audiences offered a reprieve by approving “The Price of Love” and “Love Is Strange.” Photography by Roy Esmonde / Brand New Retro / appears in the 1990 book “The Swinging Sixties”