The world of artistic creativity is diminished (or is it depleted?) by one, with the death now of the last of the Everly Brothers, Don Everly. That is the guy who along with his brother, Phil Everly, produced stunning Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll harmonies in the 1950s and 60s. Those who are still familiar with their exploits remember their titles such as “Take A Message to Mary”, “Bye Bye Love”, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, and “Cathy’s Clown”. They issued nearly 20 of such.
According to the BBC, for example, Phil Everly, the junior, died of pulmonary disease in 2014 at 74. Separating and uniting, the duo still managed to make a global entertainment statement in the solemnity of their delivery. Not of the electrifying moon walking magical dance moves of Michael Jackson, they are, however, generally acknowledged as the definitive influence behind a number of other artistic groups, notably The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel.
The cause of Don Everly’s death is not disclosed yet but, at 84, a normal man is vulnerable to nearly every other plausible causes of death.
Are there emergent groups that replicate their artistic message? Perhaps, only close watchers of American popular culture and of its Californian capital can tell at the moment. It will be great if there are!