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As young children Don (born 1 February 1937) and Phil Everly (19 January 1939 – 3 January 2014) would frequently appear on their parents’ radio shows and tour with them. Then in 1957 their success began when they recorded ‘Bye Bye Love’ and, as they say, the rest is history. The song shot to the top of the charts, and more hits followed in quick succession: ‘Wake Up Little Susie’, ‘Bird Dog’, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’, ‘Walk Right Back’, ‘Cathy’s Clown’, ‘The Price Of Love’ – to name but a few. Their close harmonies, which were always more than the sum of two parts and rather added a “third” voice to the package, were unique in rock ‘n’ roll and R&B history and found many admirers and followers, as did Don’s guitar playing, which was heralded by Keith Richards. The Beatles were also great fans, as were Simon & Garfunkel. The Everlys experimented with various musical genres during the 1960s and were country-rock pioneers. Friction, however, set in after years of relentless touring schedules – towards the end mostly small club and amusement park dates – and The Everly Brothers split in an acrimonious way on 14 July 1973, during their first set (of three) at Knott’s Berry Farm. For ten awfully long years they didn’t speak and pursued solo careers to varying success.
But around came 1983 and an end to the “Big Southern Feud”, as Don and Phil called it. As they had had such a public split, it would be a public reunion at a venue that held dear memories for them both: the Albert Hall in London, where it was the last time they had performed with their dad Ike, a marvellous country picker. The response to the two concerts, held on 22 & 23 September, was so overwhelming that on the strength of that they landed a major recording contract and found themselves in the studio in early 1984 recording the first post-reunion album, which included the Paul McCartney-written hit ‘On The Wings Of A Nightingale’. In 1986 The Everly Brothers were among the first acts to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. They recorded two more albums during the 1980s and went back on the road, touring the world as before. The last concerts took place in 2005 and Don and Phil considered themselves retired, though they have made occasional solo appearances since. Phil, the greatest harmony singer that ever lived, continued to co-write with others until close to his death on 3 January 2014 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) at the age of only 74 – sadly the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking.
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