Don Everly, of Rock ‘n’ Roll Duo the Everly Brothers, Dies at 84

FILE – In this April 1, 1960 file photo, Phil, left, and Don of the Everly Brothers arrive at London Airport from New York to begin their European tour. Don Everly, one-half of the pioneering rock ‘n’ roll Everly Brothers whose harmonizing country rock hits impacted a generation of rock music, has died. He was 84. A family spokesperson said Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. (AP Photo, File)

Don Everly, the last of the silken-voiced Everly Brothers music duo known for their harmonies, has died, according to an announcement on the group’s official Instagram. He was 84 years old.

Everly died Saturday.

Don and his younger brother, Phil Everly, became pop idols in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, starting in the late 1950s, with chart-topping hits like “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” and “Wake Up Little Susie.”

The brothers were called the “most important vocal duo in rock” by Rolling Stone, as they influenced the likes of music giants the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and many others.

“As a singer, songwriter, and guitar innovator, Don Everly was one of the most talented and impactful artists in popular music history,” Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “His influence reverberates through the songs and ethereal harmonies he conjured with his brother Phil.”

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SOURCE: CNN, Theresa Waldrop

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