Don Everly, of harmonizing rock 'n' roll duo the Everly Brothers, dies at 84

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Which Everly brother has died?

Don Everly, one-half of the pioneering Everly Brothers whose harmonizing country rock hits impacted a generation of rock 'n' roll music, has died. He was 84. Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, according to his attorney and family spokesperson Linda Edell Howard. CBS NewsDon Everly, half of harmonizing duo Everly Brothers, dies at 84

How old is Don Everly?

Don Everly, the last surviving member of the Everly Brothers and a pioneer of rock 'n' roll, died at his home in Nashville on Saturday. He was 84. Los Angeles TimesDon Everly, of harmonizing Everly Brothers, dies at 84

How did Phil Everly die?

The Everly Brothers were elected to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in its first year, 1986, and they were given a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1997. Rolling Stone magazine has described them as "the most important vocal duo in rock". Phil Everly died of pulmonary disease in 2014, aged 74. bbc.comEverly Brothers: US rock 'n' roll star Don Everly dies aged 84

A look at the life of the Everly Brothers in Knoxville

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He and his brother Phil Everly, who passed away in 2014, were best known for their unique music style that influenced many biggest acts from the 1960s and beyond. Something many people don’t realize though is much of the duo’s success started in Knoxville. That’s why along a busy stretch of Kingston Pike, drivers may notice a quiet corner. It’s Everly Brothers Park.

Jack Neely, the Executive Director of the Knoxville History Project, said Phil and Don Everly called Knoxville home from 1953 to 1955. They even attended West High School.

“People sometimes disparage that, saying they didn’t live here very long,” Neely said. “Two and a half years when you’re a teenager is a really long time and they went through lots of changes while they were there.”

With those changes also came a lot of firsts. “The boys began performing together as a duo, which they had never done before they came to Knoxville,” said Neely.

They also discovered rock and roll in Knoxville which they would later make their own. “They kind of combined rock and roll with these sweet, gospel harmonies that they grew up with,” he explained. “They just took the country by storm, in fact the world by storm.”

The Everly Brothers eventually moved on and made it big in Nashville. However, with every step someone takes at Everly Brothers Park in Bearden, their impact on the music industry can be felt.

“From Bob Dylan, to Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, you know Graham Nash put this all together, Simon and Garfunkel both individually wrote pieces for this park,” recounted Neely of the quotes engraved in cobblestones along the park’s pathway. “It says, ‘Phil Everly was one of my great heroes. With his brother, Don, they were one of the major influences on the Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don,” said Neely as he read the stone with a message from Paul McCartney.

In 2015, Rolling Stone Magazine named The Everly Brothers the greatest duo of all time.

With both brothers now gone, the people of Knoxville should remember, there’s always a little corner on the west side of town they can head to. A corner that could bring inspiration, just like the Everly Brothers found in Knoxville.

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Don Everly, half of harmonizing duo Everly Brothers, dies at 84

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Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, according to his attorney and family spokesperson Linda Edell Howard. His brother, Phil Everly, died in January 2014 at age 74.

"Don lived by what he felt in his heart," a statement from the family said. "Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams ... living in love with his soul mate and wife Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother. Don always expressed how grateful he was for his fans."

In the late 1950s and 1960s, the duo of Don and Phil drew upon their rural roots with their strummed guitars and high, yearning harmonies, while their poignant songs — many by the team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant — embodied teenage restlessness and energy. Their 19 top 40 hits included "Bye Bye Love," "Let It Be Me," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie," and performers from the Beatles to Simon & Garfunkel cited them as key influences.

"The Everly Brothers are integral to the fabric of American music," said Jerry Lee Lewis in a statement. "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."

Songs like "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie" appealed to the postwar generation of baby boomers, and their deceptively simple harmonies hid greater meaning among the lighter pop fare of the era.

The two broke up amid quarreling in 1973 after 16 years of hits, then reunited in 1983, "sealing it with a hug," Phil Everly said.

Although their number of hit records declined in the late 1980s, they had successful concert tours in the U.S. and Europe.

They were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, the same year they had a hit pop-country record, "Born Yesterday." Two years earlier, they had success with the up-tempo ballad "On the Wings of a Nightingale," written by Paul McCartney.

"As a singer, a songwriter and a guitar innovator, Don Everly was one of the most talented and impactful artists in popular music history," said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in a statement. The brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Don Everly was born in Brownie, Kentucky, to Ike and Margaret Everly, who were folk and country music singers. Phil Everly was born to the couple in Chicago, where the Everlys moved from Brownie when Ike grew tired of working in the coal mines.

The brothers began singing country music in 1945 on their family's radio show in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Their career breakthrough came when they moved to Nashville in the mid-1950s and signed a recording contract with New York-based Cadence Records.

Their breakup came dramatically during a concert at Knott's Berry Farm in California. Phil Everly threw his guitar down and walked off, prompting Don Everly to tell the crowd, "The Everly Brothers died 10 years ago."

The disputes between the brothers even went to court, when Don Everly sued the heirs of Phil Everly in 2017 over the copyright to three of their songs, including "Cathy's Clown." The case went all the way to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

But after Phil's death in 2014, Don said that he felt a spiritual message from his brother before he died.

"Our love was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had," Don Everly said in a statement in 2014.

While apart, they pursued solo singing careers with little success. Phil also appeared in the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie "Every Which Way but Loose." Don made a couple of records with friends in Nashville, performed in local nightclubs and played guitar and sang background vocals on recording sessions.

Don Everly said in a 1986 Associated Press interview that he and his brother were successful because "we never followed trends. We did what we liked and followed our instincts. Rock 'n' roll did survive, and we were right about that. Country did survive, and we were right about that. You can mix the two, but people said we couldn't."

Decades later, their impact on popular music is still evident. In 2013, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones released a loving tribute to the Everlys on their collaborative album "Foreverly."

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