The Everly Brothers were among the first inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The last surviving member of the Everly Brothers, Don Everly, has passed Saturday (Aug 21st) at a home in Nashville at the age of 84. A spokesperson for the family confirmed the death to the Los Angeles Times, but did not disclose a cause of death.
“Don lived by what he felt in his heart. Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams… with his soulmate and wife, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother,” the statement reads.
Phil Everly died in 2014 at the age of 74 of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which the LA Times also confirmed at the time.
The Everly Brothers have influenced some of music’s most iconic acts including The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Byrds, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Vince Gill to countless other country, rock and folk musicians, with their superb and flawless harmonies. They were among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 along with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Lewis is the last surviving member of the inaugural bunch.
The band charted nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard charts at the height of their popularity in the 1950s and ’60s. Some of their biggest hits include “Cathy’s Clown,” “Bye Bye Love,” and “When Will I Be Loved,” which Linda Ronstadt scored as one of her biggest hits with her cover in 1975.
“We regret to inform you that Don Everly of #TheEverlyBrothers has died today, August 21, 2021. Roy Orbison loved them as friends and looked up to them as musicians. They helped Roy become a songwriter, move to Nashville and much, much more,” Roy Orbison’s estate shares.
“R.I.P. Rock Legend Don Everly 19 January 1939 to 21 August 2021,” writes Whitesnake’s David Coverdale.
Funeral services were not detailed as of press time.