Don and Phil Everly built an empire in the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of gorgeously simplistic harmonies. With No. 1 singles including “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” they transformed the country sounds of their childhood into a rich and accessible form of vocal-centric rock and roll that directly influences bands like the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkle and the Byrds. —Jeff Royer
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