R.I.P Phil Everly Jan 4, 2014 8:58:14 GMT -5
Post by ۞Quaalude™۞ on Jan 4, 2014 8:58:14 GMT -5
Phil Everly, one half of the brother vocal duo whose sibling harmonies sweetened '50s and '60s rock music, has died. He was 74.
He died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, after a lifetime of smoking, his wife, Patti Everly, told the Los Angeles Times.
The Associated Press confirmed the news with his son, Jason Everly.
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"We are absolutely heartbroken," Patti Everly told the newspaper. "He fought long and hard."
The Everly Brothers, Phil and Don, whose tight harmonies were unmistakable and unforgettable, profoundly influenced everyone from The Beatles and The Byrds to the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel, as well as countless other rock, folk and country singers, starting in the late 1950s.
A generation of teens grew up with their high, clarion voices blasting from car radios on Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, Cathy's Clown and All I Have to Do Is Dream.
Singer Linda Ronstadt, who had a big hit in 1975 with When Will I Be Loved, which Phil wrote, and who herself grew up in Tucson singing with her siblings, told the L.A. Times there's nothing like vocals produced by family.
"The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound (with family) that you never get with someone who's not blood-related to you," she said. "And they were both such good singers — they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock 'n' roll sound.
R.I.P Phil Everly QC