back to profile

The Everly Brothers


Don Everly is born in Brownie, Kentucky.


Phil Everly is born in Chicago, Illinois.


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


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.


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


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


“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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


‘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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


Phil Everly passes away at age 74.

The Everly Brothers