from: CNN / Beatle Brunch.
Sad to report that half of The Everly Brothers, Don Everly, passed away on Saturday August 21st. Don was the last of the silken-voiced Everly Brothers music duo known for their harmonies. His brother Phil passed away in 2014. Don was 84 years old.
Don and his younger brother, Phil Everly
, became pop idols in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, starting in the late 1950s, with chart-topping hits like “Cathy’s Clown”, “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” and “Wake Up Little Susie,” among others. The brothers were called the “most important vocal duo in rock” by Rolling Stone
, as they influenced the likes of The Beatles, The Hollies, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter and Gordon, Linda Ronstadt
and many others.
“As a singer, songwriter, and guitar innovator, Don Everly
was one of the most talented and impactful artists in popular music history,” Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young wrote on Twitter
on Sunday. “His influence reverberates through the songs and ethereal harmonies he conjured with his brother Phil.”
In this Brunch Bytes posting, hear a song that Paul McCartney wrote especially FOR The Everlys in 1984. It appeared on their album that year called “EB84”, called “The Wings of a Nightingale”. We have also posted Paul’s demo of the song. Plus, hear George Harrison sing the vocal parts of both Phil & Don on his acoustic cover of “Let it Be Me”, which appeared on his CD “Early Takes” released in 2011 as part of the Martin Scorsese rockumentary, “George Harrison: Living in The Material World”.