The Everly Brothers

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The Everly Brothers reign supreme among music’s great vocal partnerships.

Their blend of folk, bluegrass and country music sung in close harmony was enormously influential on such acts as Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles.

Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

In The Everly Brothers’ Rock and Roll Odyssey, a video documentary made around the time of the duo’s London reunion concert in 1983 — ten years af­ter their breakup on a Southern California stage — Don and Phil narrate their own story. 

They still seem a little in awe of their vocal talent, looking upon it as a sort of genetic gift. The modesty lends them an ingen­uous quality that belies their years. 

The sons of a traveling country-and-western team, Ike and Margaret Everly, the brothers first performed with their family on the road and on the radio. Then, as angelic-look­ing teenagers, they transformed the sounds of their Kentucky country roots into a bittersweet form of rock and roll.

The Program Cover from the 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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1986 Inductees The Everly Brothers
We used to listen to the records over and over
Neil Young