In 1961 Don and Phil were called upon to fulfill their military
service obligations. They decided to enlist in the Marine Reserve and left
the world of stardom to endure the rigors of basic training. To this day
the Everly Brothers consider their training as Marines to be a pivotal
positive experience in their formative years.
While in the Corps during the first half of 1962, they had a Top Ten
hit with "Crying In the Rain," but their military commitment restricted
them from capitalizing with club dates and tours.
On February 13, 1962, Don in his Marine dress uniform married movie
starlet, Venetia Stevenson, in the chapel at Camp Pendleton, California.
Five days later while still honeymooning in New York City, the boys made
an appearance on CBS-TV's The Ed Sullivan Show in their dress uniforms.
Don and Phil were released from the Marines on May 24, 1962. Three weeks
earlier Warner Brothers issued "That's Old Fashion (That's the Way Love
Should Be)" which became their second Top Ten single in a row.