This past weekend, the world of music lost one half of the popular duo, The Everly Brothers. Phil Everly passed away, leaving a legacy onto multiple genres of music. While Don was born in Kentucky, Phil was born in Chicago, they maintained Kentucky roots. They began performing with their musical parents, Ike and Margaret Everly. After high school, they would hit the Top 10 Singles chart 15 times and sold over 35 million records in the first five years of their career. The first number one hit was “Bye Bye Love,” which reached the top of the country charts in less than a month. It remained in the Top 10 for 6 months and their first gold record.
The Everly Brothers were the first Grand Ole Opry members to have a Top 10 recording single in country, pop, and r&b charts – all at the same time. Bye-Bye Love and All I Have To Do Is Dream are identified by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as two of “500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.”
When they signed with Warner Brothers, they were the first act in music history to sign a $1 million recording contract. They recorded “Cathy’s Clown.” Over the years, 35 of their singles made it on the Billboard Charts.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website with over 20 years experience in music journalism, concert planning, photography, and promotion. Jessica is a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the 2019 Leadership Kentucky BRIGHT Class and a recipient of the Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award. Listen to her each week on WFKY on Friday mornings for the Nashville News Roundup.