Don Everly, member of rock ‘n’ roll duo Everly Brothers, dies at age 84

The Associated Press reported Sunday that Don Everly, a member of the rock ‘n’ roll duo Everly Brothers, had died. He was 84.

According to the AP, Everly and his brother Phil, who died in 2014, “were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.”

Everly was said to have died Saturday at his home in Nashville. His cause of death has not been reported.

Leaving a legacy

The Everly Brothers were known for hits including “Born Yesterday” and “On the Wings of a Nightingale,” described by the AP as an “uptempo ballad” written by the Beatles’ Paul McCartney.

They first arrived on the mainstream music scene in the 1950s, according to NBC News. Their single “Bye Bye Love” hit No. 1 and No. 2 on the country and pop charts, respectively.

The Everly Brothers’ success continued into the 1960s with songs including “Cathy’s Clown, “When Will I Be Loved,” and “Cryin’ in the Rain,” NBC reported.

The brothers also produced solo works before reuniting for good in 1983, according to the AP. During their decades-long careers, the duo amassed some 19 top 40 hits.

Living his dreams

A statement from Everly’s family made clear the musician was immensely grateful for his fans.

“Don lived by what he felt in his heart,” the statement said, according to the AP. “Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams…living in love with his soul mate and wife Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother. Don always expressed how grateful he was for his fans.”

Others to pay to the late musician include rock ‘n’ roll pianist Jerry Lee Lewis.

“The Everly Brothers are integral to the fabric of American music,” Lewis said in a statement, according to the AP. “With my friend Don’s passing, I am reflective … reflective on a life full of wonderful friends, spectacular music and fond memories. There’s a lot I can say about Don, what he and Phil meant to me both as people and as musicians, but I am going to reflect today.”

Everly is reportedly survived by his mother, wife, son, and daughters.

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