Phil Everly – one half of The Everly Brothers has died, aged 74

by Martin


Phil Everly who was one half of the world famous duo ‘The Everly Brothers’ has died aged 74 it has been revealed.

The musician passed away on Friday the 3rd of January in Burbank, California. He passed away after complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The Everly Brothers who released various hits including ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’, ‘Cathy’s Clown’ and ‘When Will I Be Loved’ rose to fame in the late 1950s into the 1960s.

Throughout their career the duo had 26 Top 40 singles on the US Billboard chart and in the UK they had 29 Top 40 Singles.

The Everly Brothers

Phil is survived by his brother Don, his wife Patti, his two sons and his mother.

Commenting briefly to the Los Angeles Times Phil’s wife said: “We are absolutely heartbroken. He fought long and hard.”

Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of The Recording Academy released a statement earlier this morning following the musicians death. It stated:

“Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Phil Everly was part of one of the most prominent vocal duos of the rock era.

Joined by his brother Don in the Everly Brothers, the duo’s superb and flawless harmonies influenced some of music’s most iconic acts, including the Beach Boys and the Beatles.

Their profound impact on pop and rock music is still heard today, and will continue to live on in future generations. Phil Everly was a groundbreaking artist, and he leaves an indelible and timeless mark on music and our industry.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and those who were inspired by his outstanding talent.”

Have a listen to one of their biggest hits ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’ below which The Everly Brothers released back in 1957.

We’d also like to send our condolences to the friends and family of Phil Everly at this sad time.