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Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly dead at 74

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Seventy-four year old singer Phil Everly, who along with his brother Don comprised the legendary and harmonious Everly Brothers, passed away at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. on Friday, Jan.3.

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The hospital did not provide any specific details surrounding the singer’s death, per a request from his family, according to CNN.

Phil’s wife Patti Everly told the Los Angeles Times that her husband died from complications associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, “after a lifetime of smoking.”

Don and Phil Everly were most popular in the 1950s and early 60s, and “ranked among the elite in the music world by virtue of their pitch-perfect harmonies and emotive lyrics.”

Rolling Stone labeled the Everly Brothers "the most important vocal duo in rock," having influenced the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and many other acts.

Along the way, they notched 35 Top 100 songs -- more than any other vocal pair.

The brothers got their first recording contract in 1957 and went on to pen numerous hits, now considered Rock and Roll classics, including "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "When Will I Be Loved" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream."

Their first huge hit in 1960, "Cathy's Clown" sold eight million copies, and was written by Don and Phil.

Everly Brothers’ music inspired many of the fledgling bands from the 1950s and 60, including The Beatles.

Upon hearing "All I Have to Do Is Dream" in 1958, the young group -- which had just added George Harrison to a lineup that included John Lennon and Paul McCartney -- couldn't wait to cover it.

The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

For more on the legendary Phil Everly, see the video accompanying this article.

Rest in peace Phil Everly.

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