The Everly Brothers
' success began in 1957 when they made Felice
and Boudleaux Bryant
's song "Bye Bye Love" into a major hit. The combination of folk and country made a certain style that even those who opposed the music of the generation enjoyed. The two went on to record "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Bird Dog," and "Devoted to You," all Bryant
songs. These successes made the Everly Brothers
the number one vocal group by the end of the '50s. "Cathy's Clown," a single written by Don, remained number one in the U.S. for five weeks and stayed in the top of the charts in the U.K. for more than two months, selling more than three million copies.
By 1961, they had achieved both fame and fortune and were continuing to produce hits such as "Walk Right Back" and "Temptation." At the end of 1961, both boys were drafted into the Marines, but only remained there for six months and embarked on a comeback European tour. However, on one stop in London, Phil Everly
performed a solo set while Don recuperated from a drug overdose. His addiction lasted three years, during which time the two performed only occasionally. By 1965, the duo took a back seat to the new sound of the beat boom; sporadic success continued as "The Price of Love" and "Love Is Strange" scored high on the U.K. charts. However, their 1966 album, Two Yanks in England, failed to make the charts.
In 1973, with many unsuccessful albums and Don Everly's turmoil, the duo parted. During this time, Don Everly pursued a solo career. He found success in Nashville with his band Dead Cowboys and maintained a career by playing with Albert Lee
. In June of 1983, the duo reunited and played for a standing-room-only audience at London's Royal Albert Hall. They achieved recognition again in 1984 with Paul McCartney
's "Wings of a Nightingale." Despite hardships throughout his career, Don Everly was rewarded in 1986 when the duo was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. ~ Kim Summers, Rovi