KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)--Don and Phil Everly dreamed of making it big one day and Knoxville was the perfect place.
David West owner of Ciderville Music worked for Cas Walker many years ago and told numerous stories of when the Everly family came to Knoxville.
"I think he(Cas) thought they were going to come down here and do more like mountain songs
and the good ole stuff we had back in that day, but the Everly brothers had a dream of a new type music, which was coming on the map at that time."
But Cas Walker had different ideas.
"He told me he didn't think the type music they did would sell groceries and that's what he told them, and so he was telling me about it.
I drove for him for quite awhile, he said he tried to get them to change and they wouldn't change, and Don Everly said one time in one of his statements
he knew they weren't going to get back to work because everytime they would go talk to Mr. Walker about getting back on the show, his daddy would always come
out of his office and he's be carrying a bunch of over ripe bananas, he would feed them(laughs).
After attending Knoxville's West High School, they hooked up with Rocky Top authors, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
"Wake up little Susie" All I have to do is Dream", and "Bye Bye Love, put the Everly's in the drivers seat, even touring with Buddy Holly. It certainly made Cas take notice.
"Somebody asked Mr. Walker,, I was with him, and said Mr. Walker have you ever made a mistake? I reckon, I fired the Everly Brothers didn't I"
But in early January of 2014 sadness. Brother Phil died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. .
Phil and Don Everly, elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who left a mark in Knoxville and still talked about today. Driving in your neighborhood, I'm the Tennessee
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