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The Everly Brothers

1937

Don Everly is born in Brownie, Kentucky.

1939

Phil Everly is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1944

Guitarist Ike Everly launches his own early-morning music show over radio station KMA, in Shenandoah, Iowa. His two young sons eventually become regulars.

1954

Through the intercession of Nashville legend Chet Atkins, one of Don Everly’s songs, “Thou Shalt Not Steal,” is recorded by country star Kitty Wells.

1955

Briefly signed to Columbia, Don and Phil Everly record four songs for the label, released on two singles that go nowhere.

1957

Song publisher and manager Wesley Rose persuades New York-based Cadence Records to sign the Everly Brothers.

1957

“Bye Bye Love,” the first of many songs by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant that will be made famous by the Everly Brothers, enters the Top Forty. A million seller, it holds at #2 for four weeks.

1957

The Everly Brothers perform “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie” on The Ed Sullivan Show. The same year, they also appear on The Grand Ole Opry and TV variety shows hosted by Perry Como, Alan Freed, Patti Page and Arthur Murray.

1957

“Wake Up Little Susie” tops the pop charts for two weeks, becoming the Everly Brothers’ second million-seller.

1958

"All I Have to Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers was a hit.

1959

Phil Everly serves as a pallbearer at Buddy Holly’s funeral.

1960

The Everly Brothers leave Cadence for Warner Bros., where they remain for the entirety of the Sixties.

1960

"Cathy’s Clown" by The Everly Brothers was a hit.

1966

‘Two Yanks in England’ is recorded in London with eight pseudonymous songs and musical backing from the Hollies, who are among the Everly Brothers’ most devoted fans. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (later of Led Zeppelin) also participate in the sessions.

1967

The Everly Brothers cracks the U.S. Top Forty for the last time, with the autobiographical song “Bowling Green,” written by their British bass player.

1970

The Everly Brothers host a summer-replacement variety show, Johnny Cash Presents the Everly Brothers, which fills in for The Johnny Cash Show at Cash’s instigation.

1973

‘Pass the Chicken and Listen’, the second of two albums for RCA, is released. It is the last collection of new material from the Everly Brothers, who will thereupon record solo, until 1984.

1973

A long-simmering feud between the two Everly brothers erupts onstage during a concert in California. Their breakup is announced to the crowd by Don Everly, who completes the concert with a solo set.

1983

Ten years after parting ways, the Everly Brothers reunite onstage for two concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The event is taped and released as Reunion Concert, an album and home video.

1984

The album EB 84, produced by Dave Edmunds, is released. Paul McCartney contributes a song, “On the Wings of a Nightingale,” which becomes a #4 single in Britain. The album fares well in both the UK and USA

1986

Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, authors of many of the Everly Brothers’ best-known songs, are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1986

The Everly Brothers are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City. Neil Young is their presenter.

1998

The Everly Brothers receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 40th annual Grammy Awards.

2001

The Everly Brothers are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

2008

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss win the Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “Gone Gone Gone,” a song originally written and recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1964.

2014

Phil Everly passes away at age 74.