Don Everly of the Everly brothers dies at 84
Don Everly, founding member of rock ‘n’ roll duo, the Everly Brothers died at his home on August 21. He was 84 years old. No cause of death was given.
Everly’s family confirmed the death to the Los Angeles Times with a statement. “Don lived by what he felt in his heart. Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live out his dreams… with his soul mate and wife, Adela, and to share the music that made him an Everly Brother.
The Everly Brothers, made up of Don and his brother Phil, who died in 2014 of lung disease, are known for their impeccable use of harmony. During their musical career, the brothers have produced 35 Billboard Top 100 singles, 26 in the top 40, including “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, “When Will I Be Loved”, “Cathy’s Clown,” and “Goodbye love.”
After pursuing a solo career in the 1970s, Don found some success with his band, Dead Cowboys, before reuniting with his brother in 1983. The duo were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, a received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement in 1997, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
“As a singer, songwriter and guitar innovator, Don Everly was one of the most talented and defining artists in popular music history,” said Kyle Young, CEO of Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “His influence carries over to songs like ‘So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad),’ ‘I Wonder If I Care as Much’ and ‘Cathy’s Clown’, through open chords and rhythmic sensibilities that have contributed to giving birth to Keith Richards and many others, and through the ethereal harmonies he conjured with his brother Phil.
Don is survived by his wife Adela, his mother Margaret Everly and four children.