Don Everly

One half of one of the most successful duos in the history of rock and roll, Don Everly teamed with his younger brother Phil to form The Everly Brothers, whose soaring harmonies and ebullient pop tributes to young love ... Read more »
Born: 02/01/1937 in Powderly, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

The Life and Times of the Everly Brothers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Don Everly and Jack "Cowboy" Clement 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Everly Brothers Show 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Bee Gees: In Our Own Time (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Cairo Time 2010 (Movie)

("Then I Kissed Her") (Song)

Tequila Sunrise 1988 (Movie)

song producer("Don't Worry Baby") (Song)

Biography

One half of one of the most successful duos in the history of rock and roll, Don Everly teamed with his younger brother Phil to form The Everly Brothers, whose soaring harmonies and ebullient pop tributes to young love sold millions of records and influenced such artists as the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and dozens of others. Steeped from an early age in the precise vocals of country music by their musician father, the Everlys captured the hearts of late '50s pop audiences with such gorgeously rendered songs as "Bye, Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do is Dream" and Don's "(Till) I Kissed Her." Their vocal prowess earned them 26 Top 40 singles, but the hits came to an end in the mid-1960s with the rise of the British Invasion. Don's struggles with addiction tore the brothers apart in the early 1970s, but the pair launched a dignified reunion a decade later that found their harmonies still pristine and deeply moving. Don's induction with Phil into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 solidified what millions of music fans had known for almost a quarter-century: that the Everly Brothers were among the most memorable and well-loved artists of rock and roll's early years.

Milestones

2001

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

1997

Duo honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

1986

The Everly Brothers included among the first ten artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1984

Released comeback album <i>EB 84</i>

1983

Reunited with Phil to perform at London's Royal Albert Hall, which generated a hit live album and video

1973

Ended partnership with brother

1969

Released eponymous solo album

1969

Co-hosted the variety program "The Everly Brothers Show"

1968

Returned to their country upbringing with <i>Roots</i>, a collection of songs penned by the likes of Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Jimmie Rodgers and George Jones

1966

Duo paid tribute to their European fans by releasing "Two Yanks in England"

1961

Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps; served for one year

1960

The Everly Brothers signed a 10-year multi-million dollar recording deal with Warner Bros.; released the hit "Cathy's Clown"

1958

Released self-titled debut album <i>The Everly Brothers</i>

1957

Duo released signature hit "Wake Up Little Susie" and the ballad "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (1958)

1957

The Everly Brothers released upbeat country number "Bye, Bye Love"; single reached No. 2 on the <i>Billboard</i> pop charts and No. 1 on the country charts

1956

With younger brother Phil, recorded first single "Keep A' Lovin' Me"; song released by Columbia Records

1954

Country singer Kitty Wells recorded his composition "Thou Shalt Not Steal"

1944

Made his singing debut at the age of eight on his parents' radio show on KMA and KFNF in Shenandoah, IA; eventually landed his own segment "The Little Donnie Show"

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