Don Everly, one half of the rock’n’roll duo the Everly Brothers, has died at his home in Nashville at the age of 84. His younger brother Phil had died in 2014.
The duo, who had 15 US top 10 hits between 1957 and 1962, were described as “the most important vocal duo in rock” by Rolling Stone magazine. The Everly Brothers were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year, 1986, alongside the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, and went on to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1997.
By my reckoning, only Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins are left from the pioneers of Rock and Roll.