Don Everly, the last surviving member of the pioneering rock duo The Everly Brothers, died at the age of 84 on Saturday from unspecified causes.
Everly’s family confirmed the news with a statement to Los Angeles Times: “Don lived according to what he felt in his heart. Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams …
Between 1957 and 1967, the Everly Brothers released a series of 27 top 40 hits, including the # 1 singles “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “Cathy’s Clown”. They were among the first group of artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Their blend of tight country / bluegrass and rock n ‘roll harmony has had a huge influence on artists such as the Beatles, Byrds and most famous, Simon & Garfunkel. When Don was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2019, Keith Richards called him “one of the best rhythm guitarists I have ever heard. “
Don’s brother and groupmate, Phil, died in January 2014 at the age of 74 of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Referring to the duo’s reputation for infighting – in 1973 they parted ways in the middle of the gig – at the time of Phil’s death, Don paid a heartfelt tribute: “Our love was and always will be deeper than all of them. earthly differences we could have had. I loved my brother a lot … I always thought I would be the first.
In Memoriam: 2021 deaths
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