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Everly Brothers singer releases statement on loss of younger sibling Phil Everly

Don Everly releases statement on passing of brother and singing partner Phil Everly
Don Everly releases statement on passing of brother and singing partner Phil Everly
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Don Everly has released a statement on the loss of his younger brother and singing partner Phil Everly, who passed away Jan. 3 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 74.

According to an article posted Jan. 4 at Billboard.com, the eldest brother and lead singer of the legendary Grammy-winning vocal duo had a premonition of his harmonizing sibling's passing just before receiving the news.

The 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wrote in a statement, "I loved my brother very much. I always thought I'd be the one to go first. I was listening to one of my favorite songs that Phil wrote and had an extreme emotional moment just before I got the news of his passing. I took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying good-bye."

Remarking on their much infamous breakup in 1973, Everly adds, "Our love was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had. The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I'm mourning my brother Phil Everly."

One of the biggest and influential singing groups of the 50 and early 60s, the sibling duo scored 15 Top 10 hits between 1957 and 1962, including: "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye Bye Love," All I Have to Do Is Dream," as well as "When Will I Be Loved" and have been cited as major influences by The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel along with a host of other vocal artists.

The Everly Brothers' last high-profile concerts together took place a decade ago, when they reunited to team with Simon & Garfunkel on their Old Friends Tour.

Did you know? Rolling Stone magazine called The Everly Brothers “the most important vocal duo in rock.”