Phil Everly of the pioneering country-pop harmonizing duo the Everly Brothers died on Friday at age 74. His AP obituary is here.
The brothers were a profoundly infuential pop music force. Bob Dylan once said they "started it all," and they were enormously popular in the UK, shaping the sound of bands like The Beatles and The Hollies. And that's to say nothing of their great heads of hair. (Phil was the fair haired one.)
Phil and Don, who's 77, also fit firmly in the tradition of battling rock and roll brothers: In 1973, they broke up during a show at Knott's Berry Farm in southern California, with Phil throwing down his guitar and storming off stage. Last year, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones recorded a heartfelt tribute album called Foreverly, a song by song recreation of the 1958 Everlys album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
Don Everly said this Saturday in a statement: "I loved my brother very much. I always thought I'd be the one to go first. I was listening to one of my favorite songs that Phil wrote and had an extreme emotional moment just before I got the news of his passing. I took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying good-bye. Our love was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had. The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I'm mourning my brother Phil Everly. My wife Adela and I are touched by all the tributes we're seeing for Phil and we thank you for allowing us to grieve in private at this incredibly difficult time."
Here are clips of six of my Everly favorites. "Love Hurts," "Bye Bye Love" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream" were written by the husband and wife duo of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, and "When Will I Be Loved," a huge hit for Linda Ronstadt in the 1970s, and "Gone, Gone, Gone" were written by Phil.