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Isaac Donald Everly (1937)

Isaac Donald (Don) Everly
Born in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, United Statesmap
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Son of and [private mother (1910s - unknown)]
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[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Don and Phil Everly were both guitarists and used a simple vocal harmony mostly based on parallel thirds. With this, each line can often stand on its own as a melody line. This is in contrast to classic harmony lines which, while working well alongside the melody, sound strange by themselves.

For virtually all the Everly Brothers recordings, Don ssang the lower harmony part, while Phil took the higher part. One rare exception is on "Devoted To You". Although Don is still low and Phil is high, they switch singing the lead and harmony back and forth. As well, Don almost always sings any lines that are sung solo (for example, the verses of "Bye Bye Love".) Among the very few exceptions to this rule is the Everlys' 1965 single "It's All Over", where Phil sings the song's solo lines.

Married several times, Don Everly has four children. He has a daughter, Venetia Ember Everly, from his first marriage and son Edan and daughters Stacy and


"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 May 2018), Donald Everly in household of Isaac Everly, Ward 25, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 103-1574, sheet 2B, line 44, family 32, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 971.

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