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Goodbye, Don Everly… ‘Curtain has come down on greatest duo in rock history’


A lifetime of awards… Relaxation in peace, Don (Picture: Getty)

His loss of life at his Nashville residence got here seven years after brother Phil and accomplice within the influential Everly Brothers took his closing bow. A press release issued on behalf of his household mentioned: “Don lived by what he felt in his coronary heart. Don expressed his appreciation for the flexibility to dwell his desires…together with his soulmate and spouse, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother.”

No trigger was given for his loss of life on Saturday. However the information devastated hundreds of thousands of followers.

Dave Davies, 74, a founding member of The Kinks, mentioned: “Very unhappy day. Each of the Everlys have been a part of my musical life rising up.

“We have been impressed by their great information and their singing and their voices. Wake Up Little Susie was my favorite as a child.”

Sixties hitmaker Marty Wilde, 82, added: “With so many songs within the Everly Brothers catalogue, it is arduous to choose a favorite, they’re all so good. Without end in concord.”

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber mentioned: “Farewell Don. A curtain has lastly come down on the best duo in rock historical past. The Everly Brothers have been the daddies of the vocal harmonies of rock right now.”

And Tim Rice added: “No singers of my schooldays meant extra to me than the Everly Brothers.”

The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers influenced massive names comparable to The Beatles (Picture: Getty)

Thought-about to be one of many best vocal partnerships, Don and youthful brother Phil influenced bands together with The Beatles.

That they had hits worldwide within the late Nineteen Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties, together with All I Have To Do Is Dream and Stroll Proper Again – two of 4 UK chart-toppers.

The siblings had an onstage breakup in 1973 that led to a decade-long estrangement however staged a reunion live performance on the Royal Albert Corridor in London in 1983.

Phil and Don Everly

Reunited… Phil and Don Everly at London gig in 1983 (Picture: Getty)

The Everly Brothers have been elected to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Corridor of Fame in its first 12 months — 1986 — alongside Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry.

They got a lifetime achievement award on the Grammys in 1997, whereas Don was inducted into the Musicians Corridor of Fame in 2019.

Born Isaac Donald Everly on February 1, 1937, in Brownie, Kentucky, he was raised alongside his brother in a musical household. Their coal miner father Ike was a gifted guitarist.

The Everly Brothers have been the daddies of the vocal harmonies of rock right now

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

The brothers started writing and recording music within the mid-Nineteen Fifties and launched their self-titled debut album in 1957 earlier than signing with Warner Bros.

Beginning with that 12 months’s Bye Bye Love, they discovered enormous chart success with catchy numbers together with Wake Up Little Susie and When Will I Be Beloved.

Though lots of their songs have been written by others, Don penned three of their most profitable – Cathy’s Clown, (Until) I Kissed You and So Unhappy.

He usually sang lead with Phil’s wispier harmonies supporting.

The brothers took a profession break in 1961 to serve within the Marines, after which Don discovered himself hooked on the stimulant Ritalin. Of his dependancy, he as soon as mentioned: “Individuals did not perceive medication that effectively then. They did not know what they have been messing with.

“It wasn’t in opposition to the legislation. But it surely obtained out of hand, naturally. It was an actual catastrophe for lots of people, a catastrophe for me. Ritalin made you are feeling energised. You may watch for days. It simply obtained me strung out. I obtained up to now on the market, I did not know what I used to be doing.”

The Everly Brothers in 1965

Influencers… Don and Phil — the Everly Brothers — on the pinnacle of their careers in 1965 (Picture: Getty)

Phil died of lung illness in 2014 on the age of 74.

Don is survived by his mom, Margaret, who’s 102, spouse Adela, who he married in 1997, and 4 kids from two earlier marriages – son Edan and daughters Venetia, Stacy and Erin.



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