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Rock and roll icon Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dead at age 74

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Those who are still alive (and can remember back in the day when the Everly Brothers sang one hit song after the other)are mourning the passing of Phil Everly.

Their name will instantly bring to mind songs like, “Wake Up Little Susie,” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream!”

They had some of the greatest hits in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Whenever I have thought about them down through the years, I recall my Dad coming into my room in the morning when I was in high school; and in his rough voice singing just one little line over and over, “Wake up little Susie! Wake-up!”

Although my name was not Susie, that didn’t matter – and it didn’t matter to millions who loved their song. The song is about a boyfriend and girlfriend who fall asleep at the movies on their date and wake up worried that they did not make curfew. This probably hit home to a lot of couples who went to the drive-in movies and got bored with the plot and fell asleep.

Today, January 4, 2014, CNN announced that Phil has passed away. This is a great loss to those who grew up on their music and especially to his family. Condolences to them all.

CNN Report: “Singer Phil Everly -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo, the Everly Brothers -- has died, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74.

Patricia Aidem, a spokeswoman at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, confirmed Everly's death on Friday, but could not provide additional details, citing the family's request.”

Don and Phil sang songs that were easy listening – had a story – and a tune that you would find yourself singing all through the day. It is sad to see another group (so well loved) passing into the night. But as long as there is one fan still alive... their music will survive.

"The pair of male siblings became top-selling country-influenced rock and roll performers, best known for their steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing.

Their greatest period of chart success came between 1957 and 1961. Overall, they had 35 US Billboard Top 100 singles, 26 in the top 40. They hold the record for the most US Top 100 singles by any duo. They were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.”

“I dream of Jeanie” was made famous by the Everly Brothers. It was written by the legendary husband and wife song-writing team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, and published in 1958. The song is ranked #141 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “ Source: last.fm

The Everly Brothers were actually brothers. Don and Phil. Don was born Isaac Donald Everly on February 1, 1937 in Brownie, Kentucky. Phil Everly, was born Phillip Everly on January 19, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois. He died January 3, 2014, in Burbank, California. He would have been 74 in fifteen days.

Go to this website and you can listen to the top fifteen songs that they made famous; including, "Wake Up Little Susie!"

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