Don Everly, star of rock ‘n’ roll duo Everly Brothers, died on Saturday. He was 84 years old.
Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, his lawyer and family spokesperson Linda Edell Howard told The Associated Press.
“Don lived by what he felt in his heart. Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams… with his soul mate and wife, Adela, and to share the music that made him an Everly Brother, ”the family said in a statement.
Everly was born in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1937 to a father who operated a coal mine and a mother who loved to sing. Everly and her brother, Phil, started making music with their parents, originally singing under the name Everly Family.
In the 1950s, the brothers started making music on their own and moved to Nashville. Their first hit, “Bye Bye Love”, which reached No. 2 on the pop charts and No. 1 on the country charts, has sold over a million copies.
From there, the brothers’ careers took off. They toured with Buddy Holly in the 1950s and signed with Warner Bros. in 1960. Soon their songs “Cathy’s Clown”, “When Will I Be Loved” and “Cryin ‘in the Rain” became major hits and solidified their place in the rock’n’roll world.
The two went solo in the 1970s, when Don Everly had mild success, and the couple broke up on several occasions and got back together. The brothers were part of the first class opened at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
“As a singer, songwriter and guitar innovator, Don Everly was one of the most talented and influential artists in popular music history,” CEO Kyle Young told the AP of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
After the death of his brother Phil in 2014, Everly backed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, claiming he had previously been held back by Phil’s competing political beliefs.
Everly is survived by his mother, wife, son and daughters, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Associated Press contributed.