Don Everly, half of one of rock and roll’s pioneering groups, The Everly Brothers, has passed away. The musician, known for singing close harmonies with his brother, was 84 years old.
With hits like “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “Bye Bye Love” and “Cathy’s Clown”, the Everly Brothers caused a sensation in the late 1950s and early 1960s. as rock and roll has become a cultural phenomenon.
Everly’s country-influenced voice, sung alongside his younger brother, Phil, broadened the possibilities of early rock and roll harmonies.
Everly’s death was confirmed online Sunday via the duo’s official Instagram account.
“It is with great sadness that we regret to announce the passing of Isaac Donald Everly today. He is survived by his wife Adela, his mother Margaret, his children Venetia, Stacy, Erin & Edan, his grandchildren Arabella, Easan, Stirling, Eres, Lily & Esper, “the account wrote.
No cause of death was immediately given.
The duo, who grew up playing in the family group, moved to Nashville in 1955. After some initial success writing songs for country star Roy Acuff’s publishing house, Acuff-Rose, the brothers recorded a single for Columbia. But it was their version of “Bye Bye Love” in 1957 that propelled them to No. 2 on the US Billboard Pop charts.
The group went on to influence other harmony-focused vocal duets, such as Simon & Garfunkel, whose early work closely mimicked the iconic sound of the Everly Brothers.
After decades and a string of hits together, tensions rise between the Everly Brothers – resulting in an infamous onstage explosion on July 14, 1973, when Phil smashed a guitar and let Don finish the show on his own.
Don told Rolling Stone in 1986 that it was one of the “saddest days” of his life.
With the help of British guitarist Albert Lee, the siblings reunited for a concert in London which was filmed in 1983. The duo continued to remain active until 2006.
The Everly Brothers were among the first class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Phil Everly died in 2014.