Phil Everly, one half of the legendary Everly Brothers, has passed away at the age of 74 due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Everly’s wife Patti confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he had lost his battle with the disease, which was caused by a lifetime of smoking, telling the paper, “We are absolutely heartbroken. He fought long and hard.”
Along with his older brother, Don, Everly delivered some of the greatest harmonies of all time, and he leaves behind a bevy of hits—including “All I Have to Do is Dream,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown” and many more—and an indelible legacy. Frequently cited as inspirations by The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers were among the first 10 acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they still hold the record for the most Top 100 singles by any duo with 35 songs cracking the charts.
Phil Everly is survived by his wife, his brother, his mother, two sons and two granddaughters. Stay tuned for updates as we get them, and in the meantime, revisit some of those stunning harmonies below and read his final interview, given to Paste last month.