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Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly Dies

Phil Everly (Left) Don Everly (Right)
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Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers died on January, 3, 2014.

Phil Everly (pictured Left above in 2003) died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 74 in Burbank, California. Phil was the youngest of the two brothers, with Don Everly turning 77 on February 1, 2014.  As teenagers in the mid-50’s, Don and Phil became household names and eventually American Music legneds conquering both the Country and Pop Charts.

The Everly Brothers, with their massive string of million sellers, climbed the Country and Pop Charts simultaneously- much like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Brenda Lee – eventually earning induction into both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Fames.

Their biggest hits included ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ ‘Bye, Bye Love’ ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ ‘Cathy’s Clown’ ‘Walk Right Back’ ‘Bird Dog’ ‘Let It Be Me’ ”Til I Kissed You’ and ‘When Will I Be Loved.’ Born the sons of Country Music singers Ike and Margaret Everly, the boys were lucky to have the support of family friend Chet Atkins. Atkins helped them launch their careers in Nashville and even played guitar on many of their classics including ‘Bye, Bye Love’ and ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream.’

For the most part, Don sang baritone and Phil sang tenor on many of their hit recordings. According to “The decades of enforced professional togetherness finally took their toll on the pair in the early ’70s, which saw a few dispirited albums and, finally, an acrimonious breakup in 1973. They spent the next decade performing solo, which only proved — as is so often the case in close-knit artistic partnerships — how much each brother needed the other to sound his best. In 1983, enough water had flowed under the bridge for the two to resume performing and recording together.”

Although retired for the most part, the Everly Brothers were invited by Simon and Garfunkel to appear on their 2003 ‘Old Friends’ Reunion Tour (pictured above) and embarked on a European tour of their own in 2005. Also, in 2007, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant won a Grammy for their cover of a song written by the brothers titled ‘Gone, Gone, Gone,’ a tune the duo originally released in 1964.

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