Phillip “Phil” Everly
Phillip “Phil” Everly
Jan 19, 1939 to Jan 3, 2014
Phillip “Phil” Everly of The Everly Brothers
Phillip “Phil” Everly died January 3, 2014 from COPD in Burbank, California. He was born Januray 19, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Issac (a musician) and Margaret.
A family friend Chet Atkins became a champion of the Everly Brothers and encourgaed them to try again when a recording for Columbia records failed. They signed with Cadence record label and recording in February, 1957.
“Bye Bye Love” became No. 2 with “Let me be your Teddy Bear” hitting No 1 on the Country and No. 5 on the R&B Charts.
The writing team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant became their stalwarts with the biggest hit being “Wake Up Little Susie” along w “All I have to Do I Dream”, “Bird Dog”.
They toured extensively with Buddy Holly during 1957 and 1958.
Phil Everly was one of Buddy Holly’s pallbearers at the funeral in February 1959, although Don did not attend. He later stated,” I couldn’t go to the funeral, I couldn’t go anywhere. I just took to my bed.
They the Everly Brothers worked as a duo for most of their lives with a falling out fight on stage in 1973 at Knotts Berry farm. They reunited and toured again a few years later.
They had 35 Billboard Top 100 singles, 26 in the top 40.
In 1986, the Everly Brothers were among the first 10 artists inducted into th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the ceremony they were introduced by Neil Young, who observed that every musical group he belonged to had tried and failed to copy the Everly Brothers’ harmonies.
In 997 they were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them N0. 33 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artist of All Times.
They also wrote songs like “Cathy’s Clown, “When Will I Be Loved” by Phil which became hits for Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt.
He died in Burbank, California of lung disease due to years of cigarette smoking according to his wife Patti who survives him along with sons, Jason and Chris, two granddaughters, brother Don and mother, Margaret