Sign up for newsletter
 

Phil Everly dies at 74

Saturday, January 4, 2014 – Phil Everly, 74, one-half of the American duo The Everlys, who were known for their harmonies, died Friday in Burbank, Cal. at 74 of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The Everlys were known for such hits as Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, Cathy's Clean, All I Have to Do is Dream and When Will I Be Loved?

The Everlys were big hit makers in the late 1950s and early 1960s and were popular among country and pop listeners. They had hits on their first, self-titled disc in 1958. Their follow-up album, "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us," contained a series of traditional songs. A tribute to that disc was released in November 2012 by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones.

Among those who recorded their songs were The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt and Simon and Garfunkel.

The Everlys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Everly was born in Chicago on Jan. 19, 1939 to Ike, an aspiring musician, and Margaret Everly. The Everly family (brother Don was born two years before Phil) moved to Iowa where Ike gained work playing country music on live radio. Don and Phil started harmonizing with their parents on the air at KMA in Shenandoah, Ia. in 1945.

The family later moved to Indiana and Tennessee where they had radio shows. By 1955, the brothers moved to Nashville where they were songwriters and soon recording artists. They had a huge hit with Bye Bye Love in 1957. The Boudleaux and Felice Bryant song hit number one on the country charts, two on the pop chart and five on the rhythm ad blues chart. Wake Up Little Susie was number one on the country charts that same year for eight weeks. Other number one country hits included All I Have to Do is Dream in1958 and Bird Dog in1958.

The hits continued until the early 1960s, although they continued recording after that. The brothers had a falling out in the 1970s with Phil smashing his guitar at a California concert and leaving the stage. Don announced the duo's break-up. They eventually reunited in 1984. Their final show was in 2005 in England.

Phil Everly leaves his wife, his mother, his brother, two sons and two granddaughters.

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Willis, Robison spin "Beautiful Lie" Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»
Chip Kinman celebrates brother, career on "Sounds Like Music" For a brief moment last summer, the news of Tony Kinman's death was, if not greatly exaggerated, then at least fortuitously premature. The roots rock icon, known for his work in The Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation with his younger brother Chip, had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2018,... »»»
Shiflett learns "Hard Lessons" Until recently, Chris Shiflett took a somewhat obsessive/compulsive approach to his music career. For the past two decades, Shiflett has been the primary guitar foil for Dave Grohl in Foo Fighters; early in his tenure, Shiflett was so self-deprecatingly... »»»
Thinkin' Problem CD review - Thinkin' Problem
Most hard core country fans certainly have heard David Ball's 1994 "Thinkin' Problem," a true honky tonk classic. Ominvore is releasing the album in remastered expanded format with eight bonus tracks, marking its 25th anniversary. »»»
Onward CD review - Onward
Veteran Texas artist Stoney Larue has been through a lot in 20 years of touring and recording and puts that experience to good use on his first release since 2015's "Just Us." "Onward" enlists veteran Nashville producer and songwriter Gary Nicholson  »»»