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Monday, 23 August 2021

Don Everly RIP


A message popped up on the Whats App group chat on Sunday morning which read Don Everly RIP.

I had to confess that I thought that he had died a few years ago. Phil Everly died in 2015 just before his 75th birthday. Don lasted a few years longer dying at his home in Nashville aged 84.

One of the best, if not the best, harmony groups The Everly Brothers were an act that took me a while to get into. I suspect that may have been because they were an act that your parents liked and that you were more likely to hear their songs on Radio 2 or Smooth FM than anywhere else and more often than not with Wake Up Little Susie

As you get older these prejudices gradually fade and I ended up acquiring a cheap and cheerful Best Of double LP in a charity shop and appreciating what talent they had. More recently here and here I have featured the EP Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds Sing the Everly Brothers.

Although the pair had an onstage breakup in 1973 that resulted in a decade-long estrangement, Phil later said that their relationship had survived the tumultuous period despite  Don being a Democrat and Phil a Republican

Rest easy Don

The Everly Brothers - Take a Message to Mary

The Everly Brothers - Brand New Heartache

The Everly Brothers - Let It Be Me


  1. Missed this sad news completely. RIP Don.

  2. Johnny Cash, his brother Tommy (did you know he had a brother?), The Everlys and Everly Sr:

    1. According to Wiki he had 3 brothers and 3 sisters
      I knew his brother Jack had died at a young age due to a sawmill accident but didn’t know about the rest

    2. "a sawmill accident"
      was that Stumpy Cash?

  3. Huge fan from my earliest days of listening to music. I heard the news on Sunday while in the car. I had a CD of their first 20 singles in the door and was listening in seconds. The entire family enjoyed it. My favorites tend to be the ones written by the husband-and-wife team the Bryants, but the fellas did have their moments. How about that last paragraph of the obit when we learned he is survived by his mother? Whoa!