So sad. One half of the iconic sibling singing band, the Everly Brothers, passed away in a hospital in Burbank, Calif. on Jan. 3. He was 74 years old.
Phil Everly, who took the recording industry by storm in the late 1950s and 1960s along with his brother Don, has sadly died at the age of 74. A spokesperson at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. confirmed the groundbreaking singer’s death on Jan. 3.
Phil Everly Dies At 74
The spokesperson was unable however to confirm the cause of Phil’s death or any additional details, at the request of the Everly family.
As the Everly Brothers, Phil and Don were a smooth-sounding, record-breaking duo. Over the course of their career, they landed 35 Top 100 hits — more than any other singing duo — including iconic songs like “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” Their hybrid style — a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, folk, and bluegrass — was unheard of at the time, and their mastery of it eventually landed them in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
But what may be even more remarkable is the lasting impact Phil and his brother left on the music industry. They are “the most important vocal duo in rock,” Rolling Stone once wrote, adding that their music influenced other legends like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel. “When we first heard [“All I Have To Do Is Dream”], it blew us away,” Paul McCartney said in the Beatles documentary, “Tune In.”
It’s that legacy that makes Phil and his brother such enormous rock legends. It’s so sad to see Phil go, but he clearly will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.
— Andrew Gruttadaro