DON AND PHIL EVERLY
'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Muhlenberg County natives, Don and
Phil Everly, began their climb to pop music immortality in the small town
of Brownie, Kentucky. As children of mid-western country stars Ike and
Margaret Everly, they were exposed to music in a big way and appeared frequently
on their parents' 1940s radio show.
In 1955, the teenage Phil and Don left for Nashville and landed a song
writing gig with Roy Acuff's publishing company. One of Don's songs,
"Thou Shalt Not Steal," became a minor hit for Kitty Wells.
The brothers recorded a one-off country single, "Keep A Lovin' Me" b/w
"The Sun Keeps Shining," for Columbia Records in 1956, then signed with
Cadence a little more than a year later. With the release of "Bye Bye Love"
in the fall of 1957, the Everly Brothers were on their way to becoming
the reigning kings of pop music. The song became an international smash
and established an Everly's style of close country harmonies over a rock
the next years, the Everly Brothers produced a hit record every three months,
often topping the pop, country and R&B charts simultaneously. They
established themselves as the premier purveyors of a unique rock 'n' roll,
country, blues and gospel blend with songs like "(Til) I Kissed You," "When
Will I Be Loved," "All I have To Do Is Dream," and "Wake Up Little
Susie," which sold over two million copies. In 1960, they signed
with Warner Brothers Records and recorded their biggest single ever, "Cathy's
Clown," also selling over two million copies in the U.S. alone. During
that incredible period of hit-making, the Everlys sold millions upon millions
of records worldwide and influenced the sound of popular music for all
Throughout their long performing career, the Everly Brothers ranked
as a consistent touring group, habitually selling out halls across the
U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Europe and Australia. The duo were among the
first ten inductees voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and Tom
Petty presented the duo with their very own star on Hollywood's "Walk of
in 2004. In addition, the pair were cast in stone in their hometown
of Central City when a monument of the legendary duo was commissioned in
honour of the Everly Brothers First Annual Central City, Kentucky, Music
Festival. Following these memorable events, Central City honoured the duo
with the creation of The Everly Brothers Museum. We have created this virtual
tour to give fans a small sampling of the treasures displayed in this Museum.