Don Everly of the Everly Brothers Remembered: Legendary Singer Dies at Age 84


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Don Everly, one half of the esteemed and iconic Everly Brothers, passed away recently at the age of 84. News of his death was made public by Everly’s family over the weekend, which said in a statement that he passed at home in Nashville on Saturday.

His death was confirmed by his attorney and Everly family spokesperson Linda Edell Howard.

A statement from the family read as follows:

“Don lived by what he felt in his heart. Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams … living in love with his soul mate and wife Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother. Don always expressed how grateful he was for his fans.”

Don’s brother, Phil Everly, passed in January of 2014 at age 74.

News of Don’s death prompted an outpouring of condolences and love across social media from several other music icons. Ringo Starr shared a photo of the Everly Brothers and the Beatles, accompanied by the caption, “God bless Don and Phil the Everly brothers we loved them peace and love.”

Peter Frampton:

Jerry Lee Lewis sent out the following:

“The Everly Brothers are integral to the fabric of American music. Very few of us can say we were around at the beginning, and even fewer can say we’re still here. With my friend Don’s passing, I am reflective … reflective on a life full of wonderful friends, spectacular music and fond memories. There’s a lot I can say about Don, what he and Phil meant to me both as people and as musicians, but I am going to reflect today. God Bless Don Everly and long live Rock and Roll music.”

The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 as part of the Hall’s inaugural class, alongside Lewis — who is now the lone remaining member of that first induction class, which included the Everlys and nine solo artists (including Lewis, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard).

A snippet from their official induction biography:

The sons of a traveling country-and-western team, Ike and Margaret Everly, the brothers first performed with their family on the road and on the radio. Then, as angelic-look­ing teenagers, they transformed the sounds of their Kentucky country roots into a bittersweet form of rock and roll.

The Everlys were inducted into the Rock Hall by Neil Young:

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys shared his thoughts:

As did Nancy Sinatra, who reflected on her time touring with the Everly Brothers:

Roy Orbison’s legacy account also shared condolences:

Among many others.

May Don Everly and Phil Everly rest in peace.


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