The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dies at 74

Phil and Don Everly. Photo source.

According to the LA Times, Phil Everly -- who with his brother Don made up rock duo The Everly Brothers -- has passed away from complications due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74.

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The Recording Academy's President and CEO Neil Portnow also released a statement on Phil's passing.

He wrote: ""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."

The Everly Brothers saw more than 30 of their tunes hit the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart throughout their prime in the '50s and '60s, including "Cathy's Clown", "Wake Up Little Susie", "Bye Bye Love", "When Will I Be Loved" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream".

Phil and Don were among the first 10 artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after it was founded in 1986. Earlier in their career, the pair split for ten years in an attempt to go solo, beginning in 1973. They reunited in 1983 and continued to create music together until Phil's death.

Phil is survived by his brother Don, their mother, Margaret, his sons Jason and Chris and two granddaughters.

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