They wrote "Till I Kissed You" (Don), "Cathy's Clown" (Don and Phil), and "When Will I Be Loved" (Phil). "Cathy's Clown" and "When Will I Be Loved" became hits for and , respectively (for the latter, the Everly Brothers sang the chorus). "Cathy's Clown" was also covered by the . It was released as a single in 1979. Band member (a former member of the ) went on to be a producer for "hit machines" like and , the band who in turn covered "Crying in the Rain" in 1990 for its fourth album,
In 1997, the brothers were awarded the . They were inducted into the in 2001 and the in 2004. Their contribution has been recognized by the . The Everly Brothers have a star on the at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. In 2004, magazine ranked the Everly Brothers No. 33 on its list of the "100 greatest artists of all time". They are also No. 43 on the list of .
While in Knoxville, the brothers caught the attention of family friend , manager of RCA Victor's studio in Nashville. The brothers became a duo and moved to Nashville. Despite affiliation with RCA, Atkins arranged for the Everly Brothers to record for in early 1956. Their "Keep a-Lovin' Me," which Don wrote, flopped, and they were dropped from the Columbia label.