Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers - half of the pop-singing duo sensation in the late 1950s and 1960s with his older brother Don - passed away at 74, according to the Los Angeles Times and Ron Smith of OldiesMusic.com on Friday. He died on Friday in Burbank, California due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Harmonizing with his brother, the two brothers had influenced some of the greatest performers to come along after their heyday, including the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Byrds, and a host of other singers in the folk, rock, and country genres of popular music.
Of their 30-some popular recordings, Phil and Don are likely most-known for “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Cathy’s Clown,” and “When Will I Be Loved.” The duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 – the year the organization was initiated.
Phil Everly was born in Chicago.
Besides his brother Don, Phil Everly is survived by his wife Patti, his mother Margaret, his two sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters. The funeral services will not be public.