The Rock and Roll world lost one of its golden voices in Phil Everly this past January, just shy of his 75th birthday. Phil, along with older brother Don formed the Everly Brothers in the 1950's and recorded and toured well into the 1980's including a stint with Simon & Garfunkel in 2004.
The hits that are embedded into American Music history include "Wake Up Little Susie", "Bye, Bye Love" and All I Have To Do Is Dream".
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will honor the Everly Brothers during the 19th Annual Music Masters series with a week long celebration starting October 20th culminating with a tribute concert October 25th at Cleveland's State Theater.
Musical director Rodney Crowell said of the duo's legacy: “The Everly Brothers were the first Appalachian born recording artists to bring close harmony to the rock and roll mainstream, which greatly influenced the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, the Hollies, the Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and so many more. And their rhythm guitar style is still being copied today. The Everly Brothers gave modern teen angst its first beautiful voice.”
One might expect an invitation to Cleveland to be extended to Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones who, late last year released an album of Everly Brothers songs called "Foreverly". Armstrong played one of the tracks during the Grammy Awards this year.
The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 as part of the Hall's first class of inductees.
VIP tickets are available now through the Rock Hall's website.