One half of The Everly Brothers, Don Everly has 81 candles on his birthday cake …

Written by on February 1, 2018


One half of The Everly Brothers, Don Everly has 81 candles on his birthday cake today. Don was the older of the brothers by 2 years. His younger brother Phil Everly passed away a few years ago.

The music of the Everly Brothers influenced the Beatles, who referred to themselves as “the English Everly Brothers” when Paul and John went hitch-hiking south to win a talent competition and based the vocal arrangement of “Please Please Me” on “Cathy’s Clown”. Keith Richards called Don Everly “one of the finest rhythm players”. Paul Simon, who worked with the pair on “Graceland”, said the day after Phil’s death: “Phil and Don were the most beautiful sounding duo I ever heard. Both voices pristine and soulful. The Everlys were there at the crossroads of country and R&B. They witnessed and were part of the birth of rock and roll.”

In 1986, the Everly Brothers were among the first 10 artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were introduced by Neil Young, who observed that every musical group he belonged to had tried and failed to copy the Everly Brothers’ harmonies.

What is the first song by The Everly Borthers that comes to mind?

Happy Birthday Don!!! Thank you for the music and inspiration.




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