PHOTOS: The Everly Brothers

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FILE – In this July 31, 1964 file photo The Everly Brothers, Phil, left, and Don, perform on stage. Graham Nash, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are among the performers set to pay tribute to the Everly Brothers in October 2014. The Rock and Roll of Fame announced Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, that Peter Asher, Shelby Lynne and the Secret Sisters will also perform at the Oct. 25 event at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland. Phil Everly died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease earlier this year. Surviving member Don Everly will attend. (AP Photo, File)

This story of the Everly Brothers was adapted from a biography provided by Terry Faulkner of The Bearden Village Council.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Knoxville’s Don and Phil Everly, performing at the “Everly Brothers,” changed the trajectory of American music history by blending various genres of music and popularizing smooth, close harmonies underscored with acoustic guitars and a rock beat.

Their father, “Ike” Everly, was born in 1909 into a Kentucky coal-mining family, who worked in mines and at age 26 married Margaret Embry.

He was an excellent mountain musician and dreamed of a career in music. Encouraged by his father, he left Kentucky for Chicago with Margaret and their first child, Don, to pursue his dream.

FILE – In this July 31, 1964 file photo The Everly Brothers, Phil, left, and Don, perform on stage. Graham Nash, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are among the performers set to pay tribute to the Everly Brothers in October 2014. The Rock and Roll of Fame announced Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, that Peter Asher, Shelby Lynne and the Secret Sisters will also perform at the Oct. 25 event at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland. Phil Everly died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease earlier this year. Surviving member Don Everly will attend. (AP Photo, File)

Phil was born two years later.

By 1945 when Don was eight-years-old, and Phil, six, they were performing on their Mom and Dad’s popular radio show in Shenandoah, Iowa, and touring with them in the Midwest. They would later record “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us” in honor of Ike.

The family moved to Knoxville in 1953 to appear on the Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour radio show. Ike also worked as a barber and Margaret, a beautician, to supplement the family income.

They lived in Bearden in a boarding house on Scenic Drive and Margaret worked in a house just a block from the Everly Brothers Park.

American rock and roll duo The Everly Brothers, aka Don Everly and Phil Everly, standing in front of a number 38 bus, London, UK, 20th September 1983. (Photo by D. Morrison/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Don and Phil attended West High School where they stood out with their long hair coifed into “duck tails.” Cas Walker, who had also worked in the Kentucky coal mines, fired the duo for too much “jumping up and down.“

The boys left Knoxville in 1955 for Nashville to accept an offer from Chet Atkins to help with their recording career. Two years later, “Bye, Bye, Love” became an international hit and that led to a steady stream of hits including “Wake up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” and “Cathy’s Clown.”

By 1962 they had earned 35 million in record sales. Fans were enamored with their exquisite harmonies which blended country and rock.

The brothers called it pop and sometimes skiffle music; it was music that influenced a generation of legendary artists including the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King and the Beach Boys.

American rock and roll duo The Everly Brothers, aka Don Everly and Phil Everly, London, UK, 20th September 1983. (Photo by D. Morrison/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Everly Brothers have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Groups Hall of Fame, to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and have a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

American rock ‘n’ roll duo the Everly Brothers, Phil (left) and Don, arrive at London Airport after their tour of England, en route back to the States, 27th April 1960. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Rock and roll duo The Everly Brothers, Don and Phil Everly, circa 1960. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON – JULY 15: Musical artists Don and Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers support Simon and Garfunkel’s second of two UK gigs, the first for 20 years, on July 15, 2004 in Hyde Park, London. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
A 1960 photo of the Everly Brothers Phil, left, and Don. (AP Photo)
21st August 1974: American pop singer-songwriter Phil Everly, of Everly Brothers fame in high spirits in London after signing a recording contract with Pye Records in his own right. He has just recorded an album and a single, ‘Invisible Man’, with his producer and close friend Terry Slater. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
American rock & roll duo The Everly Brothers, circa 1965. They are brothers Don (left) and Phil Everly. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
FILE – In this April 1, 1960 file photo, Phil, left, and Don of the Everly Brothers arrive at London Airport from New York to begin their European tour. Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. He was 74. Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital, said his son Jason Everly. (AP Photo, File)
Rocker Tom Petty poses with the Everly Brothers, who got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Oct. 2, 1986. From left: Phil Everly, Petty, and Don Everly. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Phillip Everly 23, of the singing Everly Brothers, and Jacqualine Alice Ertel are walking down the aisle following their wedding ceremony on Jan. 12, 1963 in New York City. (AP Photo)
FILE – In this Jan. 4, 1984 file photo, Phil, left, and Don Everly, of the Everly Brothers joke around for photographers in New York City. Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. He was 74. Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital, said his son Jason Everly. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)

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