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Don Everly, one half of the rock’n’roll band the Everly Brothers, died at the age of 84 at his home in Nashville.

Everly’s death was confirmed by a family representative to the Los Angeles Times, however the cause of death was not revealed. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Everly and his brother, Phil, achieved worldwide hits with songs like Bye Bye Love and All I Have To Do Is Dream.

A statement from the family said: “Don lived by what he felt in his heart. 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.”

The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, 1986, and were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. They’ve been dubbed “the most important vocal duo in rock” by Rolling Stone magazine. Between 1957 and 1962, the duo had 15 top ten hits in the United States.

Don Everly, Rock 'n' Roll star dies aged 84

The Beatles, the Hollies, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash were all influenced by their distinctive vocal harmonies, inventive guitar arrangements, and timeless material.

In 1973, the brothers had an onstage breakup that resulted in a decade of separation, but Phil later told Time magazine that the brothers’ relationship had survived.

Isaac Donald Everly was born in Brownie, Kentucky, on February 1, 1937, to coalminer Ike and Margaret Everly. Ike, a superb guitarist, moved the family to Chicago in the late 1930s to pursue a career in music, and the two brothers joined the Everly Family, a band that included their parents. After their profits dwindled as the live radio industry disappeared, the group disbanded in 1953.

Phil died of pulmonary disease in 2014 at the age of 74, two years younger than Don.

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