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The Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly (1939-2014)

LONDON - JULY 15: Musical artists Don and Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers support Simon and Garfunkel's second of two UK gigs, the first for 20 years, on July 15, 2004 in Hyde Park, London.
LONDON - JULY 15: Musical artists Don and Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers support Simon and Garfunkel's second of two UK gigs, the first for 20 years, on July 15, 2004 in Hyde Park, London.
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Phil Everly, one half of the legendary duo the Everly Brothers, died on Friday in Burbank, California at the age of 74. According to his wife Patti via Los Angeles Times, the singer succumbed to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which was a result from smoking cigarettes.

Along with his older brother Don, Everly formed the duo in the 1950s. They were known for their harmonies and country-inflicted tunes. They top both the pop and country charts with hit singles “Bye Bye Love”, “All I Have to Do is Dream”, “Cathy’s Clown”, and “Wake Up Little Susie”. The duo initially split in 1973 for solo careers, but reunited in 1983 for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They later recorded the hit “Born Yesterday” three years later. Throughout the years, their songs have also been covered by other artists (some of which will have hits with them) including Linda Ronstadt, Nazareth, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, and Simon and Garfunkel.

Both Phil and Don Everly were one of the first acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Other honors bestowed include the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, both in 2004. Along with brother Don and wife Patti , Everly is also survived by his mother, sons, and granddaughters.