American musician Don Everly, who formed the famous duo The Everly Brothers with his brother Phil, died on Saturday at the age of 84. Let his family know in a message on Instagram. According to the Los Angeles Times Everly passed away at his Nashville home. The cause of death is unknown.
Don and Phil Everly, who died in 2014, were very influential as a country and rock ‘n’ roll duo in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They were known for their vocal harmonies, which they accompanied themselves on the acoustic guitar. Don usually took the low end, Phil the high. All kinds of artists who in later years incorporated vocal harmonies into their songs, such as The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and the Bee Gees, copied the trick from The Everly Brothers.
The same was true for The Beatles, said Paul McCartney, according to the Los Angeles Times agree on his collaboration as a songwriter with John Lennon. “When John and I started writing songs together, I was Phil and he was Don.”
Don and Phil Everly themselves also had the necessary big hits. Songs like “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” and “All I Have to Do is Dream” topped the charts in both the United States and Europe in the late 1950s. In 1986, the brothers were among the first artists to receive a place in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with Elvis and Chuck Berry, among others. The music sheet Rolling Stone proclaimed them in 2015 as the best musical duo all time.
In the 1970s, the Everly brothers got into an argument, after which they separated for ten years. At the time, Don had his own band, the Dead Cowboys. In 1983 Phil and Don went on together again. They performed until Phil’s death seven years ago.