Everly Brothers: US rock ‘n’ roll star Don Everly dies aged 84

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Don Everly, the surviving member of the rock ‘n’ roll duo The Everly Brothers, has died at the age of 84.

A family spokesperson confirmed Everly’s death to the Los Angeles Times, but did not disclose the cause.

Everly and his brother, Phil, had hits worldwide in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including Bye Bye Love and All I Have To Do Is Dream.

They were known for their close harmonies, and influenced groups like The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel.

The pair had an onstage breakup in 1973 that led to a decade-long estrangement, but Phil later told Time magazine that the brothers’ relationship had survived this.

“Don lived by what he felt in his heart. Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams… with his soulmate and wife, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother,” a statement said.

The Everly brothers were the children of country and western singers and performed on the family radio show while growing up.

In their heyday, between 1957 and 1962, they had 15 US top 10 hits. These included Bye Bye Love and Cathy’s Clown.

The duo called it quits during a performance in California in 1973, in which Phil smashed his guitar and walked off stage.