Readers have been sharing their memories of seeing a legend of rock ‘n’ roll perform in Watford after his death at the weekend.

Don Everly, the surviving member of The Everly Brothers, died on Saturday at his home in Nashville according to a family spokesman. He was 84.

This prompted Stephen Danzig to post in the Watford Observer’s nostalgia Facebook group ‘We grew up in Watford’, recalling when the pioneering American duo performed in the town on Saturday, October 5 1963.

Everly and his late brother Phil were worldwide stars by the time they played at the Gaumont cinema, following UK number one hits including All I Have To Do is Dream, Cathy’s Clown and Walk Right Back.

Watford Observer:

A poster for the tour also featuring The Rolling Stones

Among the audience that night were Joy Sadler, Gill Durell and Carroll Dixon who all replied “I was there” in response to Stephen’s post.

Kenny Clarke was also in the audience and claimed the Everly Brothers had been booed off after being upstaged by another rock ‘n’ roll icon, Little Richard, who had joined the tour in Watford.

However, this newspaper’s former assistant editor Oliver Phillips stated that he reported on the concert “and at no stage did the Everlys curtail their act and neither were they booed off”.

Watford Observer:

Little Richard, who died last year, joined the tour in Watford

The ‘package tour’ was co-headlined by Bo Diddley and also featured Mickie Most, The Flintstones, Julie Grant and a British band embarking on their first concert tour, The Rolling Stones.

Known for their close harmonies, The Everly Brothers influenced groups including The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel leading to them once being described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the most important vocal duo in rock”.

Phil Everly died in 2014, aged 74.

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