Graham Nash stops by Everly Brothers Park

Sandra ClarkWest Knoxville

Vice Mayor Andrew Roberto welcomed Graham Nash to Everly Brothers Park in Bearden on Nov. 13.

Nash chaired the committee that raised funds to build the park to honor Don and Phil Everly, who lived in Knoxville and attended West High School.

“Don and Phil shared their dream with the world and encouraged Graham Nash to pursue music during a chance meeting in 1960. The spirit of the Everly Brothers lives on in this park, encouraging us all to dare to dream,” said Roberto.

Nash, now 81, continues to write music and is on tour. He performed Nov. 13 at The Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. Nash was a founder of The Hollies and of Crosby Stills & Nash. He is a three-time Grammy winner and a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Learn more at his website.

A couple of quick facts:

Nash wrote Man in the Mirror (not the Michael Jackson version) off the coast of Cuba, aboard Crosby’s yacht, the Mayan, on their epic seven-week, 3,000-mile voyage from Florida to San Francisco through the Panama Canal.

Nash wrote Our House after his relationship with Joni Mitchell ended. Writer Joe Taysom called it “disastrous circumstances for both of them” but falling out of love “provided the world with some fine music.” Mitchell wrote River.


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