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Norah Jones, Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong to release remake record

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Norah Jones, Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong to release remake record

By Cassie Alsup. CREATED Oct 24, 2013

An unlikely pair have come together to recreate an old classic.

Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day and Norah Jones will release "Foreverly," a remake of the Everly's Brothers' 1958 record, "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us."

Armstrong and Jones had met briefly before working with Stevie Wonder. But it was Armstrong's wife who suggested Jones when Armstrong was looking for a woman's voice to accompany him on the remake. 

"It all started with Stevie Wonder. We sang together with Stevie Wonder and his band and a whole bunch of people, that’s how Norah and I first met. Then … well, I got into the Everly Brothers’ record a couple years ago and I thought it was just beautiful. I was listening to it every morning for a while off and on. I thought it would be cool to remake the record because I thought it was sort of an obscure thing and more people should know about it, but I really wanted to do it with a woman singing because I thought it would take on a different meaning — maybe broaden the meaning a little bit — as compared to hearing the songs being sung by the two brothers. And so my wife said, ‘Why don’t you get Norah Jones to do it?’ and I was like, ‘Well, I kinda know her.’ Well, I mean, we had Stevie Wonder in common. And so I called her and she said yes. So it was kinda like a … well, I keep saying it was kinda like a blind date."

The album will release on Nov. 25, right before Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday shopping seasons.

Cassie Alsup

Cassie Alsup

Cassie Alsup is a native Knoxvillian and collector of all things nifty. Whether it's a unique recipe, a spoiler about the next episode of "Girls" or a video of a dog dressed up like a construction worker, nothing delights her more than sharing these gems with other people.