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Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dead at 74

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers has died, according to a Jan. 3 CNN report. The singer who is one half of the singing group duo, died Friday in California. He was 74 years old. A spokeswoman for the Burbank Providence St. Joseph Medical Center confirmed Everly’s death on Friday, but provided no further details.

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dead at 74
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CBS News reports that Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital, according to his son Jason Everly.

Everly and his brother Don formed one of the most influential group of its times, and became rock ‘n’ roll pioneers for others such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan, among many others. Rolling Stone called the Everly Brothers “the most important vocal duo in rock.” They were inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Beatles, early in their career, once referred to themselves as “the English Everly Brothers,’ and Bob Dylan aptly observed, “We owe these guys everything. They started it all,” CBS News reports.

Among the Everlys' hit records were the popular “Bye Bye Love,” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” In an era where talent was everything, the Everly Brothers were the cream of the crop nabbing about 19 top hits and 35 top 100 songs.