THE EVERLY BROTHERS- DON EVERLY DEAD AT 84 /’ ON THE WINGS OF A NIGHTINGALE’

Don Everly Calls Relationship With Phil 'Very Difficult'

For the second morning in a row- I woke up and the first thing I came across was the death of a great musician in Nashville- today- Don Everly of The Everly Brothers. With his brother Phil who passed away in early 2014- The Everly Brothers were a country influenced rock and roll duo known for their close harmony singing. From their first hit “Bye Bye Love’ #2 in 1957- through the early 60’s they were regular hit makers with 24 Top 40 hits from 1957-62- with three #1’s- “Wake Up Little Susie’, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ and ‘Cathy’s Clown’- 15 of their hits in the period make the Top 10. They were also a big influence on many artists that followed them- including The Beatles. The last chart hit they had in fact was in 1984 when one of the artists they had a big influence on- Paul McCartney wrote ‘On The Wings Of A Nightingale’ for them. On most of the Everly Brothers songs -Don sang the baritone and Phil the tenor harmony. How great were the Everly Brothers- they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of inductees in 1986. Note incredibly Phil and Don’s mother Margaret is still alive- at 102. Also Don’s daughter Erin was the inspiration for Gun ‘N’ Roses ‘ Sweet Child ‘O’ Mine.’

9 responses to “THE EVERLY BROTHERS- DON EVERLY DEAD AT 84 /’ ON THE WINGS OF A NIGHTINGALE’

    • Max- a little off topic but not really- found this out today- James Best- who played the guitar hero in the two episodes of Andy in season 1- Jim Linsdey– is a cousin to the Everly’s- the Everly’s father’s sister’s son.

  1. Sad news. I don’t even want to think about what inevitably lies ahead in the not so distant future, with so many great artists in their late seventies and early eighties.

    I’m mostly familiar with the Everley Brothers’ ’50s and early ’60s songs. Their harmony singing was perfect. They also sang really great songs!

  2. So I take a break from the news for a few days, and this happens. I loved the Everly Brothers and all the great music they made. I was lucky enough to see them in the early days at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas Texas. I had no idea, only because I was a little kid, that these two would go on to be one of the biggest acts in RNR. We all die, one way or another, and we all leave some sort of legacy or remembrance, but these guys left a lifetime of great music that will live on. Bye Bye Love.

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