Everly Brothers to Be Honored at Tribute Concert
First it was “Bye Bye Love,” now it’s hello Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—as the Everly Brothers will be honored with an HoF tribute concert this autumn in Cleveland.
The musical ode to the Everly’s, who were among the inaugural inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, is slated for October 25 at the Playhouse Square State Theatre during the Hall’s 19th Music Masters series, a music-education program it offers in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University. Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell has signed on as musical director for the concert; performers will be announced at a later date. The concert will serve as the culmination of weeklong Music Masters events dedicated to the Everly Brothers’ legacy, including films, interviews, panel discussion, and other educational offerings. Past Music Masters honorees have included Fats Domino, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, and the Rolling Stones, among others.
Surviving member Don Everly, 76, will reportedly appear at the tribute concert. Phil Everly, whose higher-pitched voice sweetened the duo’s famous harmonies on such hits as “Wake Up, Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” and “Cathy’s Clown,” died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease last January. He was 74.
In a statement about the tribute, Don expressed gratitude to fans for keeping the Everly Brothers’ legacy alive, and said he wished, “Phil were here to share this honor.”
For a peak at the Everly’s in their heyday, check out the above clip of Don and Phil performing “Cathy’s Clown,” their chart topping hit from 1960.