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  • R.I.P. Phil Everly
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Phil Everly (L) and Don Everly (R)

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers died Friday of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease according to the LA Times. He and older brother Don were a hugely influential vocal duo who scored dozens of hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s, setting the record for the most Top 100 singles by a duo. Along with folks like Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, they were in the inaugural group of ten performers inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986. Guitarists as well as singers and songwriters, Phil (the tenor) and Don (baritone) influenced the harmonies of early rock groups like the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and in recent years were covered by Ben Gibbard, Fiona Apple, Eddie Vedder, and Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones. Phil Everly was 74. Watch some classic performances below.

Comments (4)
  1. cathy’s clown was a great song. rip.

  2. Thanks for including the vids Scott. I don’t know if Phil is/was considered hip in a lot of indie rock circles, but he was an enormous influence on Paul Simon and John Lennon among many others. Incredible songwriter, otherworldly angelic voice and harmonies. I argue that Phil was just as vital to the development of early Rock and Roll as Elvis. R.I.P.

  3. One of the co-creators of rock & roll and his death gets two comments?

    Poor showing, people.

  4. Along with Elvis, Little Richard and Buddy Holly, they made some of my favorite early rock ‘n roll. A great place to start for anyone unfamiliar with this era.

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