Don Everly was 84.
The death of Don Everly, the last surviving member of The Everly Brothers, at his home in Nashville has been announced by the Rock & Roll pioneer’s family.
“Don lived by what he felt in his heart,” their statement reads. “Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams with his soulmate and wife, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother.”
Those simple, timeless guitar melodies and unmistakable harmonies are woven into the fabric of the 1950s Rock & Roll boom as artists such as them brought the fledgling genre into the mainstream and countless rebellious teenagers’ lives.
Songs like Wake Up Little Susie and Bye Bye Love are some of the timeless songs which that decade taught the world what pop music would look like from then on, a legacy recognised by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in 1986 when the duo were inaugurated alongside artists such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Buddy Holly.
Phil Everly died in 2014.