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Early on, The Everly Brothers - Don and Phil - seemed destined for stardom. While the brothers were still in elementary school, they were performing with their parents in a band. Following high school, they had become so skilled, they struck out on their own.
Mixing country-style harmonies with a rockabilly sound, The Everly Brothers became one of the first acts to achieve true crossover success. Their first hit, "Bye Bye Love" - which had been rejected by about 30 other artists, according to the songwriters Felice and Boudreaux Bryant - made its chart debut May 13, 1957. The song went to No. 1 on the country charts and came up one spot short of topping the pop list.
Their next single, the bouncy "Wake up Little Susie," hit the jackpot, peaking at No. 1 in both pop and country. "All I Have to Do Is Dream" pulled off the same feat in 1958.
In time, the brothers enjoyed more success in pop music and less in country. But their closeknit harmonies and distinct sound had an influence on many country stars, including Shania Twain and The Mavericks. In 2001, The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.