Don Everly, born Isaac Donald Everly, was born on February 1, 1937, in Brownie, Kentucky, United States. Son of Ike and Margaret Everly. He was the son of Isaac Milford and Margaret Everly. He was two years older than his brother, Phil. Don's father was a Kentucky coal miner who became a musician and moved the family to Chicago. They later moved to Iowa.
He and his brother, Phil, joined their parents on his father's Iowa radio show, and the Everly brothers continued to grow and develop as musical artists. They also had a talent for songwriting, with Don even writing a song that was recorded by Kitty Wells.