Don Everly, the surviving half of The Everly Brothers, passed away Saturday at his Nashville home at the age of 84.We’re taking a look back at the remarkable run of success The Everly Brothers had.
The cause of death has not been revealed by Don’s family. They did issue a statement that said:
"Don lived by what he felt in his heart. Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams … with his soulmate and wife, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother.”
Don’s younger brother Phil Everly passed away back in 2014.The duo was part of the inaugural class in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Beginning in 1957, The Everly Brothers enjoyed a string of success with the classics “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “(Til) I Kissed You” and “So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad).”
The Everly Brothers certainly influenced many artists including The Beatles, The Hollies, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and many others.
Graham Nash commented after Don’s death saying, "Those two souls changed my life for the better. Both gone... sad indeed."
Phil and Don were separated for 10 years. They did reunite in 1983 for a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall and three more studio albums followed in the 80’s.
Phil and Don were estranged for 10 years, but Don reached out in 1983 and they reunited for a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which resulted in three more studio albums in the '80s.
In 2003, they were special guests on Simon & Garfunkel's tour, their last high-profile appearances.
Jerry Lee Lewis said, "The Everly Brothers are integral to the fabric of American music. Very few of us can say we were around at the beginning, and even fewer can say we’re still here. With my friend Don’s passing, I am reflective… reflective on a life full of wonderful friends, spectacular music and fond memories. There’s a lot I can say about Don, what he and Phil meant to me both as people and as musicians, but I am going to reflect today. God Bless Don Everly and long live Rock and Roll music."
Lewis is now the only living member of the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 1986.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]