Phil Everly Dead at 74

Of the Everly Brothers, of course. Story here. Would have been 75 later this month.

RIP, Phil. We hardly knew ye. :frowning:

He and his brother were two of the really good ones. R. I. P.

Trivia: the brothers’ first cousin is James “Roscoe P. Coltrane” Best.

Smoking killed him.

Aww. :frowning:

My favorite duo. Their voices blended beautifully.

My mother took me to a performance of the Everly Brothers when I was 5 or 6 years old. My first rock and roll show and one on my earliest memories. We had “Wake Up Little Susie” on a 78 RPM record and I probably wore it out.

Here’s an appearance on Merv Griffin’s show in 1966. Phil doesn’t smoke but Don and Merv are going at it. It looks odd to me in this day and age: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgkeG9uIpoA

Also, guitar-slinger, Jim Lindsey on “The Andy Griffith Show”, which seems to fit better now that I know who his cousins were.

Sorry to hear this.

My first rock 'n roll record was a 45 RPM of ‘til I Kissed Ya’. Must have been somewhere around 1958-1959 or so, and I first heard it on the radio when my mom drove me to school in first grade.

On the original Cadence label - I still have it around here somewhere.

Whoa. Huge influence on later artists including The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel.

ETA: And of course I go to the article on CNN and that’s exactly what they say in the first sentence.

This one makes me very sad, the Everlys were probably the first artists I could recognize on the radio, andthis chokes me up every time I hear it.

RIP Phil.

That’s how I came at them. Much respect. He was getting attention because of the Billie Joe/Norah Jones cover album that was just released.

Well, damn. I grew up listening to these guys and Roy Orbison. The harmony of the Everlys was mesmerizing, and it was a sad day when the string of hits ran out and they disappeared from the air. Bye-bye Phil.

They were on the radio all the time even into the 70’s. Loved their music.

R.I.P. Phil

Really sad to hear this. They sounded as good to me in 2013 as they must have for their first listeners. And yes, so influential. I just bought in the last year two separate albums of Everly-inspired music. So sorry to say good-bye to half of that angelic harmony.

They broke up in the early 70s. Phil smashed his guitar on stage and stormed off. They reunited in later years, but never had the popularity of the 50s-60s again.

Their reunion concert, at the Royal Albert Hall in 1983, is available on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXkXY_BEd4Y

A huge loss to the music world. Andrew & Julian Lloyd Webber were huge fans of the Everly Brothers.

How long has it been since the Everly Brothers toured or performed together?

The most recent reference I can find is 2004, as the featured act in Simon and Garfunkel’s Old Friends reunion tour. 2003 and 2004.