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Rock and Roll says goodbye to Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers who dies at 74

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The younger half of the influential Rock and Roll duo, The Everly Brothers, passed away in Burbank, California on Friday from what appears to be complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Phil Everly was 74.

The Everly Brothers, both guitarists, used unique harmonies to hash out hits such as, “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie” in the late 1950s.

They toured a lot with the late Buddy Holly in 1957 and 1958. Its been said that the Everly Brothers influenced Holly’s style of wardrobe from jeans and t-shirts to suits. Phil ended up as one of the pallbearers at Holly’s funeral in 1959.

The duo continued to have success until the British invasion in 1964 when The Beatles arrived to America. Speaking of the influences, The Beatles have admitted to being influenced by The Everly Brothers. Other acts, such as The Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel, have also admitted to honing their singing skills by performing covers by the Everlys.

The list of influences goes on and on from Ricky Nelson to The Byrds to Linda Ronstadt to The Eagles and many others in Rock, Folk and Country music. This may be the reason why the duo has been coined as the fathers of “Southern Rock”.

The Everly Brothers were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Distraught by his brother’s passing, Don Everly made a statement to the Associated Press, "I loved my brother very much," the 76-year-old wrote. "I always thought I'd be the one to go first. ... The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I'm mourning my brother Phil Everly."

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