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Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly Dead at 74

Pioneering rocker who influenced the Beatles succumbs to lung condition

 

Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, has passed away at the age of 74.

 

Together with brother Don, the Everly Brothers innovated the close harmony vocal sound that would later be heard on recordings by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Simon and Garfunkel. The group had a string of hits in the late Fifties and early Sixties, filling the void between the early excitement of Elvis a couple years earlier, and the British invasion, which was still a few years off at the time.

 

Phil and Don racked up a total of 35 top 100 hits at the time, including songs like “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Cathy’s Clown.”

 

Another of the group’s songs, “All I Have to Do is Dream” absolutely blew away the Beatles when they first heard it in 1958.

 

 

Phil Everly is survived by brother Don, wife Patti, and sons Chris and Jason.

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