On January 3, 2014, the music world lost a pioneer in Phil Everly. Everly, who had close family ties to Muhlenberg County, made up one-half of the legendary rock and roll duo, the Everly Brothers. Known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing, the Everly Brothers were among the first group of artits elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. With hits like “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie,” the duo and their style influenced groups such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel. Despite his worldwide success, Everly never forgot his roots, performing more than a dozen benefit concerts in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.