Everly’s wife confirms the news to the Los Angeles Times
Phil Everly, one half of The Everly Brothers, died Friday at the age of 74 of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patti Everly told the Los Angeles Times that her husband passed away at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, “We are absolutely heartbroken. He fought long and hard.”
The Everly Brothers, Phil, along with his brother Don, have influenced some of music’s most iconic acts including The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Byrds, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Vince Gill to countless other country, rock and folk musicians, with their superb and flawless harmonies.
“Their profound impact on pop and rock music is still heard today, and will continue to live on in future generations,” Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy writes. “Phil Everly was a groundbreaking artist, and he leaves an indelible and timeless mark on music and our industry.”
The band charted nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard charts at the height of their popularity in the 1950s and ’60s. Some of their biggest hits include “Cathy’s Clown,” “Bye Bye Love,” and “When Will I Be Loved,” which Linda Ronstadt scored as one of her biggest hits with her cover in 1975.
The Times is reporting that funeral services will be private.
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