Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers has died at the age of 74. Excepting a 10-year period beginning in 1973, the singer-guitarist and his brother Don had been an publicly active duo since 1956. Their mark on country music and rock’n’roll — and rockabilly, of course — was immense thanks to songs like “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” and “Bird Dog,” among many others. They joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to Phil’s wife Patti Everly, the man passed away on Friday, January 3, in Burbank, California due to complications resulting from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She explained that the ailment was an effect of his being a lifelong cigarette smoker. “We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said. “He fought long and hard.” The couple has two sons, Jason and Chris, as well as two granddaughters. The funeral will be private.