Don Everly : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

Don Everly was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

Name Don Everly
Birthdate ( Age) 1 February 1937
Place of Birth Brownie, Kentucky
Nationality American
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Adela Garza (m. 1997), Venetia Stevenson (m. 1962–1970), Mary Sue Ingraham (m. 1957–1961)
Children Erin Everly, Stacy Everly, Edan Everly, Venetia Everly
Sibling Phil Everly
Profession Musical artist
Net Worth $20 million
Last Update August 2021

The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Consisting of Isaac Donald “Don” Everly  and Phillip “Phil” Everly the duo was raised in a musical family, first appearing on radio singing along with their father Ike Everly and mother Margaret Everly as “The Everly Family” in the 1940s.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 1986, and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Don was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019, earning the organization’s first Iconic Riff Award for his distinctive rhythm guitar intro to the Everlys’ massive 1957 hit “Wake Up Little Susie.”

Early Life and Family

Don was born in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on February 1, 1937, and Phil in Chicago, Illinois, on January 19, 1939. Their parents were Isaac Milford “Ike” Everly, Jr.,a guitar player, and Margaret Embry Everly (born 1919).Actor James Best (born Jewel Guy), also from Muhlenberg County, was the son of Ike’s sister.

Margaret was 15 when she married Ike, who was 26. Ike worked in coal mines from age 14, but his father encouraged him to pursue his love of music and Ike and Margaret began singing together.The Everly brothers spent most of their childhood in Shenandoah, Iowa.

They attended Longfellow Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa, for a year,but then moved to Shenandoah in 1944, where they remained through early high school.Ike Everly had a show on KMA and KFNF in Shenandoah in the mid-1940s, first with his wife and then with their sons. The brothers sang on the radio as “Little Donnie and Baby Boy Phil”.The family sang as the Everly Family.

Don Everly Wife

Don Everly marry three times. Don Everly has four children. He has a daughter, Venetia Ember Everly, from his first marriage and son Edan and daughters Stacy and Erin from his second marriage. Edan has followed in his father’s footsteps, and the two have even performed together. Erin was once married to Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.

Don Everly Net Worth

Don Everly was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum who has an estimated Net Worth of between $20 million in 2021. 

Professional Career

While in Knoxville, the brothers caught the attention of family friend Chet Atkins, manager of the RCA Victor studios in Nashville. The brothers became a duo and moved to Nashville.Despite affiliation with RCA Victor, Atkins somehow arranged for the Everly Brothers to record for Columbia Records in early 1956. Their “Keep a-Lovin’ Me”, which Don wrote and composed, flopped, and they were dropped from the Columbia label.

Atkins introduced the Everly Brothers to Wesley Rose, of Acuff-Rose music publishers. Rose told them he would secure them a recording deal if they signed to Acuff-Rose as songwriters. They signed in late 1956, and in 1957 Rose introduced them to Archie Bleyer,who was looking for artists for his Cadence Records.

The Everlys signed and made a recording in February 1957.”Bye Bye Love” had been rejected by 30 other acts.Their record reached No. 2 on the pop charts, behind Elvis Presley’s “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”, and No. 1 on the country and No. 5 on the R&B charts.The song, by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, became the Everly Brothers’ first million-seller.

Working with the Bryants, they had hits in the United States and the United Kingdom, the biggest being “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, “Bird Dog”, and “Problems”. The Everlys, though they were largely interpretive artists, also succeeded as songwriters, especially with Don’s “(Till) I Kissed You”, which hit No. 4 on the US pop charts.

Phil and Don pursued solo careers from 1973 to 1983. Don found some success on the US country charts in the mid- to late-1970s, in Nashville with his band, Dead Cowboys, and playing with Albert Lee. Don also performed solo at an annual country music festival in London in mid-1976. His appearance was well received, and he was given “thunderous applause”, even though critics noted that the performance was uneven.

Phil sang backup for Roy Wood’s 1975 album Mustard and two songs for Warren Zevon’s 1976 self-titled album. While Zevon was part of Phil Everly’s back-up band, Phil also suggested the title and subject matter for Zevon’s breakthrough hit single “Werewolves Of London”.Don recorded “Everytime You Leave” with Emmylou Harris on her 1979 album Blue Kentucky Girl.

Don Everly attended the Annual Music Masters as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame paid homage to the Everly Brothers on October 25, 2014. Don took the State Theater stage and performed the Everlys’ classic hit “Bye Bye Love”.Don Everly publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton for the  2016 presidential election in January of that year.

This marked the first time he had ever publicly supported a political candidate. Don stated that after his brother Phil’s death, he felt free to express his views more openly, noting that the brothers’ opposing views had made it impossible for them to lend active support to political candidates. Don Everly passed away from a heart attack in his Nashville area home on August 21, 2021.