Skip to comments.Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74.
Posted on 01/03/2014 6:46:57 PM PST by Revolting cat!
Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.
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I think I’m going to cry.
Please PING others.
A lot of well-known artists and famous Americans have died since New Year’s Eve. Is the Rapture coming?
There were country predecessors, there were rock and country followers, no one was better, no one was purer!
Everly Brothers- “All I Have To Do Is Dream/Cathy’s Clown” 1960
I feel for Don. I just lost my second younger brother on Christmas Day. He was buried at a Veterans Cemetery in Michigan on Monday with full military honors. Damn Agent Orange.
This is from their arguably best album “Roots” on WB Records, which the stupid Woodstock Generation rejected ,ignored, which contributed to their splitting up.
Sing Me back Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htfq9I0Sgus
Bye bye love
"Wake up little Suzie, we've gotta go home."
("We've both been sound asleep...")
I have no idea who was the top seller but the Everly Brothers were my favorite group when I was a kid. They were really good.
He was an incredible talent, the Everlys and the Louvin Brothers were unrepeatable American treasures.
Too bad the Everlys' career, much like Elvis Presley's, was horribly mismanaged through the 1960s.
Voices that were made for beautiful rockabilly, country and gospel singing were forced to record endless hours of saccharine, forgettable pap.
Their comeback album, Roots, with its cover of "Mama Tried", was incredible.
God rest his soul.
I saw that CD today on the counter at Starbucks. It got me thinking about the Everly Brothers, which I hadn't done in a long time. And then this news.
I saw the Everly Brothers in concert about 30 years, just after they reunited. What a great sound they had.
The Everly’s did not record a song I didn’t love. Blood harmony is strong. Rest in Peace Phil.
“I think Im going to cry.”
That’s a good one.
Or, I saw what you did there, as they say nowadays.
“Illinois”. Written by Randy Newman. It doesn’t get better than this. Also from “Roots”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cabkl15_8Y
Published on May 8, 2012
Songs of Innocence and Experience (1984), part of the BBC Arena series, shows the Everly Brothers as they trace their lineage, starting in their coal mining hometown of Muhlenburg County, Kentucky. With performances from the Everly’s and their family.
You expressed what I've been thinking.
I was in the audience when this happened.
“Christmas Eve Can Kill You”. Written by Dennis Linde: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xl_kMvlzV0
COPD is pretty nasty. My 86 year old father-in-law was diagnosed earlier this year and now has to go everywhere attached to an oxygen supply. He was a former chain smoker and even though he quit smoking cigarettes 30 years ago, he still developed the symptoms.
RIP Mr. Phil Everly!
Ray Manzarek of the Doors will never play that creepy organ music again. That one dude who drummed for those two rock bands - gone forever! Bob Welch with those Ebony Eyes and Donna Summer, both dead and gone.
Half the Beatles and 2/3 of the BeeGees dead dead dead. Andy Gibb too. Davy Jones of the Monkees is now in, well, Davy Jones' locker. So is Gerry Rafferty and Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols. Doug Fieder of the Knack, can you believe that? That's the dude who sang "My Sharona" in the summer of 1979 and dealt a death blow to disco.
And the list of the dead go on and on. John Stewart, Al Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Debbie Harry, Andrew Gold, Warren Zevon, Joe Strummer and Joey Ramone.
I can keep going but I think I made my point. We are very quickly running out of musicians and soon there will be no more music being made unless we find a way to make it stop.
Another Marine now on Heaven’s Scene..
Probably the biggest influence on the early Beatles.
I lost my husband to the results of two tours in Viet Nam and exposure to AO. He was 100% Priority One, Purple Heart Awardee disabled. He flew 407 fixed wing combat missions in his two tours.
The split was over the failure of “Roots”, and its followers. One of them I forget who, wanted to go country, like Jerry Lee Lewis at the time, and the other (probably Don, but I’m not sure) wanted to stay in rock.
After they got back together with the Paul McCartney song written for them, they stayed together but Salman Rushdie, who knew Don, reported at one time that they still didn’t get along and didn’t speak to each other off stage. I wonder if they ever reconciled.
I think Keith Richards may actually have died in the 80’s as well but no one has had the courage to tell him.
Oh no. What a shame. I’ve been listening to them my whole life.
Take Debbie Harry off your dead list. She’s alive and touring with Blondie!
Whatever the reason... I hope he finds peace with the Lord.
Sorry for your loss. Salute to all of our heroes. My brother was still waiting for the VA to approve his claim. His diabetes was the main claim but he died from melanoma. He also had a son who was born deaf.
I’m sorry for your loss. I do worry, our family farm sprayed 2-4D for many, many moons and as a kid we never wore protection when mixing, nor did we care if we splashed the stuff on us or breathed the overspray. Back then, we were thankful to have the stuff.
No one in my family ever contracted any cancers associated with 2-4D exposure. I feel lucky.
Once more. The Woodstock Generation killed not only the Everly Brothers but Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino all of whom had great comeback albums around the same time and on WB Records, the finest record company around then (Chuck back on Chess), all of which sold nothing, while the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida crap was selling trillions. Roy Orbison was another one. Link Wray made a great album. Gene Vincent was still alive. Suddenly, after Sgt Paper and Woodstock history of rock and roll went into the memory hole, only to be revived in the 1980s by the Woodstock Generation musicians, who begged to be allowed on the comeback shows of the Everlys and Roy Orbison (have you seen the Black&White Night, where Bonnie Raitt played a lowly backup singer, and Tom Waits a backup piano player?) The idiot audience can only take it when their authorities feed it with a silver spoon. But the musicians themselves know their roots, man.
Amazing! You just never know when a live music performance is going to produce a transcendental moment where everything and everyone comes together to produce something greater than any one participant is capable of. Thanks for sharing, what great musicians!
Buy it (’Foreverly’ that is) ! I’m not a fan of either of these two people, don’t own any of their albums, not a fan of mainstream pop, but this is an outstanding work.
You just don't like their music, in the same way that fans of Paul Whiteman and Artie Shaw hated Wilson Pickett and Johnny Cash.
Norah Jones is worth looking into. Billy from Green Day, not so much.
From “Roots”. A bit of archaic sounding psychedelic influence, but otherwise superb.
“I wonder if I Care as Much” — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w70F7N_Wd5g
“Roots”. “Ventura Boulevard” written by Ron Elliott — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwoGKFj1x30
Debbie Harry is alive and still working.
“Roots” “Less of Me” written by Glen Campbell — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCZ_d9kCqW0
“Probably the biggest influence on the early Beatles. “
Biggest is debatable.
But McCartney name-checked them in that Let ‘em In song - along with Martin Luther.
The artists mentioned covered quite a range of genres and time. I don’t think it’s just bias.
Why debatable, make your case!
In fact when it comes to the vocal harmonies, there is no question about it, as the Everlys were bigger in Britain than they were in the US, and there was a duo in the UK at the time of the early Beatles that sounded just like the Everlys, called the Allisons (there was also another one whose name I forget at the moment.) That’s my case.
Sad to hear this! Loved these guys in the ‘50s - when they were popular. Won’t speak for things that didn’t chart.
They were gorgeous harmonizing, and 1 of the few acts that did romance and upbeat songs equally well. So many romantics can’t do a good fast 1.
He lost that living feeling?
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