Friends and fans of Phil Everly took to Twitter on Friday to remember the singer and one half of the famous Everly Brothers. Phil died on Friday at the age of 74.
Phil, along with his brother, Don, formed the influential harmony duo that eventually inspired the likes of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and others. CBS News notes that his son, Jason, cited Phil’s cause of death as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Fans of the Everly Brothers expressed their sorrow on Twitter and the duo’s name trended briefly as well.
Sad news indeed that Phil Everly has died. The Everly Brothers soundtracked my childhood thanks to mum’s old records. #walkrightback
— Dianne Bourne (@diannebourne) January 4, 2014
RIP, Phil Everly. Some of the greatest harmonies in pop music. https://t.co/MDkiL7tY1H https://t.co/f7AZjQGSw8
— Clickmusic (@clickmusic) January 4, 2014
I grew up listening to my mums Everly Brothers records https://t.co/XD2nXd1eQr they created such gorgeous harmonies … 🙁
— suzi perry (@suziperry) January 4, 2014
Friends and fellow musicians also paid tribute, assuring the Everly Brothers will never be forgotten.
I always admired the Everly brothers. Now, Phil has passed. He wrote “When Will I Be Loved”. I’d say always! pic.twitter.com/bH6sLMULEy
— Paul Williams (@IMPaulWilliams) January 4, 2014
Everly Brothers: the greatest two-part harmony singing ever recorded. pic.twitter.com/o7ff56wxRQ
— Harper Simon (@HarperJSimon) January 4, 2014
The Everly Brothers go way back far as I can remember hearing music. Those harmonies live on forever. We’re gonna miss you Phil. Gratitude.
— Billie Joe Armstrong (@BJAofficial) January 4, 2014
LONG LIVE THE EVERLY BROTHERS
— KACEY MUSGRAVES (@KaceyMusgraves) January 4, 2014
The Beatles, Simon Garfunkel, even Yes’s Anderson Squire, all owed a rudimentary debt to the harmonies of the Everly Brothers.
— Paul Matthew Myers (@pulmyears) January 4, 2014
Funeral services for Phil Everly will be private.
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