Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers Dead at 74

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers Dead at 74

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Singer rose to fame with his brother Don

Phil Everly, who rose to musical fame with his brother Don in the duo the Everly Brothers, died Friday in Burbank, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 74.

Everly's wife Patti said that he died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a result of smoking cigarettes.

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“We are absolutely heartbroken,” Patti (pictured above, with Phil) told the paper. “He fought long and hard.”

Born in Chicago to a musician father, Everly formed the Everly Brothers with Don after the pair had performed as children as part of the Everly Family. Together the pair, known for their harmonies and country-inflected tunes, racked up numerous hits, including “Wake Up Little Suzie,” “Cathy's Clown,” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” The pair was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

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After initially breaking up in the early '70s, the Everly Brothers reunited in 1983 for a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, later recording the 1986 country-music hit “Born Yesterday.” The pair also contributed the song “Cold” to the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Jim Steinman album “Whistle Down the Road.”

The pair the Lifetime Achievement Grammy award in 1997.

Everly is survived by his wife, brother Don, mother Margaret, and sons Jason and Chris, as well as two granddaughters.

  • Sage_on_the_Hudson

    “He fought long and hard.”

    Rather pointless, since all those cigarettes mean that he handed himself to the Grim Reaper on a platter.

    • Suzanne Larson

      Unkind and mean-spirited at this time of his passing.

      • Traveller62

        Not mean-spirited. Just truthful. When one has COPD, the first thing he should have done when he found that out was to ditch the cigarettes.

    • broadsword

      your snide and self serving comment is really resented.would like to continue but am reminded of an adage that one should never try to teach a pig to sing,it is a waste of your time and serves only to annoy the pig.Phil rock on and thanks for the memories

    • Crowey

      That is a typical sort of response you'd expect from the Tea Party(Republican).

    • Traveller62

      You got that right.

  • deadre

    Loved these guys my whole long life. They set the standard and I always wished they would have thrived thru the decades but they didn't. I'm sure google will tell me why but it's still a shame. THE BEST!!!

  • Neal Carver

    They will deeply be missed here in ky . They were born and raised here in my county. R.I.P Phil

    • Fisher

      They're missed here in Iowa, too, as they spent a good share of their childhood in Shenandoah.

  • Jim

    “On the wings of a nightingale….”:

  • randynewman

    They were a great duo when I was a teen. I use to listen to them on the radio. But hey, we still have Miley Cyrus.

  • Jon O’

    This is sad news. I have seen a lot of concerts in my life. Seeing the Everly Brothers at the Garden State Art Center in NJ back in the 80's was one of my favorites. I was mesmerized by Phil Everly's harmonies with his brother Don. He was one of the best harmony singers that ever lived. God bless.

  • Warren

    Loved the Everly Brothers growing up with their music in my teen years. What memories. Saw a reunion concert, how cool to see them perform those great songs only they could. Sure glad they got together again. I pray Phil and eventually Don will be in heaven singing new songs, and the old ones sometimes.

  • Jolanda Schippers

    I was shocked to see that the website everlybrothers. net has been gone from the internet today. Earlier this day there was a post of the admin. The Everly family themselfs did took over the website. At that time the former admin. could'nt know what the family would do with the website.

    From allover the world, including myself – there were words to the family, relatives and friends after Phil's passing away. There was a forum where people from all over the world could bring up their own story about the memories they had about Phil.

    So many fans who could payed their respect or making their tribute to Phil Everly will be in shock I know right now, to see they can't visit the page anymore and don't have their place to find a bit of comfort in this time of mourning.

    I'll do hope the Everly family will keep the website in honor for the fans and otherwise there will be a memorial website for all those who payed their respect and condoleances to the family.

    Maybe we get the answer in a short time….?

    Jolanda Schippers from the Netherlands.