Bluegrass Pioneer Everett Lilly Passes

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• May 10, 2012

Charley Edwin “Everett” Lilly, who was a bluegrass pioneer along with brother Bea Lilly as part of the The Lilly Brothers, died on May 8, 2012 at home in Clear Creek, West Virginia. He was 87.

The Lilly Brothers were inducted into IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Everett Lilly also played with Flatt & Scruggs and the brothers found success introducing bluegrass to new territories including Boston and Japan. They also played at the Newport Folk Festival and at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall.

Bea Lilly died in 2005. In recent years Everett Lilly performed with sons Mark and Daniel as Everett Lilly and the Lilly Mountaineers.

The AP reports a wake is planned for Saturday (5/12) and the funeral will be held Sunday (5/13).



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