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The Everly Brothers

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National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Born Chicago, Illinois
Essential figures in the history of rock and roll, the Everly Brothers fused their country music roots (they grew up in Iowa and Tennessee) with mellow harmonies to become both popular and influential performers; their vocal stylings influenced groups from the Beatles to the Beach Boys. Their first big hit, on both the country and R&B charts, was “Bye Bye Love” (1957), and they followed up with a series of bestselling singles including “Wake Up Little Susie” (1958) and “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1970). They toured with Buddy Holly in 1957 and 1958. A dispute with their record company sidelined their recording careers just as English bands and a harder-edged rock-and-roll sound took over the market. The brothers continued to perform and record, however, both as a duo and individually, and they were among the first ten inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Nacido en Chicago, Illinois
Figuras esenciales en la historia del rock and roll, los Everly Brothers fusionaron la música country (crecieron en Iowa y Tennessee) con armonías suaves en un estilo vocal que no solo los hizo populares sino que influyó a grupos desde los Beatles a los Beach Boys. Su primer gran éxito, tanto en las listas de country como de R&B, fue “Bye Bye Love” (1957). A esto siguió una serie de sencillos superventas como “Wake Up Little Susie” (1958) y “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1970). En 1957 y 1958 realizaron giras con Buddy Holly. Una disputa con su compañía disquera afectó su carrera mientras las bandas inglesas se adueñaban del mercado y el sonido del rock and roll se endurecía. No obstante, los hermanos siguieron actuando y grabado como dúo y por separado, y estuvieron entre los primeros diez artistas que ingresaron al Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll (1986).
Lew Allen, born 1939
Don Everly, born 1 Feb 1937
Phil Everly, 19 Jan 1939 - 3 Jan 2014
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Gelatin silver print
Image: 24.8 × 32.8 cm (9 3/4 × 12 15/16")
Sheet: 27.9 × 35.3 cm (11 × 13 7/8")
Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22")
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Music\Musical instrument
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Interior\Performing Arts\Theatrical\Stage
Music\Musical instrument\Guitar
Don Everly: Male
Don Everly: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Don Everly: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Don Everly: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Phil Everly: Male
Phil Everly: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
United States\New York\Monroe\Rochester
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© Lew Allen