The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

CLEVELAND (July 10, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will honor rock and roll pioneers the Everly Brothers during the 19th Annual Music Masters® series this October. Don and Phil Everly were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the first class of inductees in 1986.  Two-time Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell will serve as musical director for the tribute concert, which will take place on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre. Tribute concert artists will be announced in the coming months.

“I’m honored and proud as I know Phil would be for the recognition being given to the Everly Brothers,” said Don Everly. “I’d like to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and fans for keeping the Everly Brothers alive and accept with great appreciation this special celebration. I wish Phil were here to share this honor with me. It has cost many tears and taken many miles and several decades to arrive at this point.”

Phil Everly passed away in January of this year, shortly before his 75th birthday. His family shared their thoughts on the honor. “Phil would have been tremendously honored and humbled by the recognition you have bestowed upon him. He would say it was hard to believe, when he and Don started, that there would even be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, let alone that they would among the original inductees. The Everly Brothers sang about heartbreak and love in equal measure - both to the world and to each other. If he were here today he would thank the amazing Everly Brothers fans for believing in them and supporting them all these years. He would thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for bestowing this tremendous honor and he would above all thank his big brother Don for taking this journey with him. It wasn’t always easy, but together, they gave the world something extraordinary and changed music forever.”

Musical director Rodney Crowell spoke on the duo’s legacy and impact, saying, “The Everly Brothers were the first Appalachian born recording artists to bring close harmony to the rock and roll mainstream, which greatly influenced the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, the Hollies, the Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and so many more. And their rhythm guitar style is still being copied today. The Everly Brothers gave modern teen angst its first beautiful voice.”

The weeklong celebration begins on Monday, October 20, and will feature interviews, panels, films and educational programs throughout the week, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On Saturday, October 25, a conference will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, exploring the Everly Brothers’ impact on popular music. The tribute concert will be held Saturday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks. A limited number of VIP packages beginning at $300 are available by contacting the Rock Hall’s development office at (216) 515-1201 or 

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The series is sponsored by ELS Studio (Acura).

About The Everly Brothers:

The gentle, silken harmonies of the Everly Brothers were one of the musical treasures of the 1950s and a major influence on the music of the 1960s. The duo of Don and Phil Everly drew upon Appalachian folk, bluegrass and country to craft a dreamy, innocent style of rock and roll. Their father, Ike Everly, was an accomplished guitarist. He and his wife Margaret had their sons performing regularly on their live radio show before they had reached their teens. With Don taking the melody and Phil harmonizing above him, the Everlys sang with flawless precision. Over the decades, the Everlys’ close-harmony style influenced the likes of the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon and Garfunkel and the Byrds. The Everlys broke up in 1973. They have reunited at various points since but ceased performing as a duo in 2004. In the words of longtime fan Paul McCartney, “They were and still are the very best.”

About Rodney Crowell:

GRAMMY-winning troubadour Rodney Crowell's multifaceted career as a producer, singer, songwriter and critically acclaimed author spans forty years. His timeless songs have been performed by musical luminaries such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Bob Seger and many others. In 2011, Crowell’s critically-acclaimed memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks was published. He recently collaborated with longtime friend Emmylou Harris and released the 2013 Grammy Award winning Old Yellow Moon. Crowell’s latest album, Tarpaper Sky was released April 15th via New West Records, and it harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works. 

About the Annual Music Masters Series:

The Annual Music Masters series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of rock and roll music. Beginning in 2013, the series was renamed the Annual Music Masters series to better reflect the evolving and expanding rock and roll story. Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.

The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. In 2012, Chuck Berry took the stage, and during a performance of his song “Reelin’ And Rockin’” he surprised the audience with his signature move – “the Duck Walk.”  In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. The pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for "Please Read The Letter" at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” At the first Annual Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. In 2008, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stage with his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash. Janis Joplin was honored in 2009 by Grammy winner Lucinda Williams with a song she composed especially for the occasion, and in 2010, Dave Bartholomew brought down the house with a performance in tribute of honorees Fats Domino and Bartholomew himself. In 2011, Aretha Franklin was not planning to perform, but at the last minute she requested a piano and took the stage to perform Leon Russell’s “A Song for You,” which she recorded in 1974. 

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment of all Ohioans.

About Case Western Reserve University:

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities was established in 1996 with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord to celebrate the achievements of the arts and humanities. The Center facilitates cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations that address questions and problems of broad human interest. 

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit  The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.