Phil Everly Dead At 74

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Phil Everly, half of the pioneering Everly Brothers harmony duo that sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, died Friday at a Burbank, California hospital of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 16 days before his 75th birthday.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, Everly and his brother Don brought their love of country music to rock 'n' roll with their high harmony while their poignant lyrics captured the restlessness and energy of a generation of young people, much like the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Byrds.

Their hit records included "Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Cathy's Clown, Let It Be Me" and "'Til I Kissed You."

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Their career spanned five decades, although they performed separately from 1973 to 1983. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, they had 19 top 40 hits.

Phillip Everly was born in Chicago on January 19, 1939, two years after brother Don. The family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa in 1945 where the boys performed with their parents on KMA radio. The family left Shenandoah for Evansville, Indiana in 1952.

Don Everly said in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday that he was listening to a favorite song Phil had written and had an emotional moment before learning of his brother's death. The statement said Don "took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying goodbye."

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