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Don Everly of rock pioneers the Everly Brothers dies at 84
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Don Everly of rock pioneers the Everly Brothers dies at 84

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Don Everly has died at the age of 84, seven years after his brother and Everly Brothers bandmate Phil passed away.

Don Everly, the last surviving member of the Everly Brothers and an inaugural inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died at his Nashville home on Saturday. He was 84.

A spokesperson for the family confirmed Everly’s death to the Los Angeles Times, but did not disclose a cause.

A statement from the family read in part: “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

In this July 31, 1964, file photo the Everly Brothers, Phil, left, and Don, perform on stage.

Beginning in 1957, he and his brother, Phil, recorded a series of hit singles for the Cadence and Warner Bros. labels. Their best known numbers included “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.”

Their harmonies inspired musical acts that followed in the 1960s including The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel.

The siblings had a messy public breakup on July 14, 1973, at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, but reunited a decade later.

They last toured together with Simon & Garfunkel in 2004.

Phil Everly died of lung disease at 74 on Jan. 3, 2014.

— Ray Kelly, masslive.com

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