4/1/14 – Phil Everly – 19th January 1939 – 3rd January – 2014

Life & Death


It’s said that when two voices blend together as beautifully as this it has to be in the DNA and Phil and Don Everly’s voices were certainly special. Their harmonies, moved you, demanded your attention, a magic combination. They inspired Simon And Garfunkel, Lennon And McCartney, The Mamas and The Papas, Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant wrote 23 hits for them and although formulaic it just worked so well that even as the trends changed and the influenced became the stars, The Everly Brothers’ music  endured. It wasn’t just their voices that were a perfect blend, they found a niche for their fifties, Rock ‘n’ Roll, mixed with country music that made them timeless.

Like others in the fifties and sixties, The Everly Brothers had a hit with a teenage death song, Ebony Eyes, about the tragic loss of the girl on Flight 1203. Famously falling out in 1973 and not speaking for ten years, they got back together and Paul McCartney wrote a song for them, On The Wings Of A Nightingale that was a small hit. Phil Everly was a lifelong smoker dying of a combination of emphysema and bronchitis. Sadly missed he was 74 years old.




2 Responses to “4/1/14 – Phil Everly – 19th January 1939 – 3rd January – 2014”

  1. alienskinmusic January 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    The Everly Brothers were staple listening for me as I was growing up in the late 60s and 70s, and as an aficionado of both The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel from a young age, knowing their influences, I too was mesmerized by their voices and melodic songs.

    So many notable artists have died over the past 2 or 3 years and now Phil joins that list. Sad it is to see yet another chapter of the original rock and roll story, close.

  2. paxbac January 7, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    Everly Brothers made beautiful music with their genetically-mediated harmonies. Loved to cruise around, sing along with them as they showed me, at 18, how to experience new feelings and longings…all without leaving my hometown. I remember when their hit, “Wake up little Suzie” was banned in Boston….I made sure I sang that one louder……So long, Phil…gone too soon. I’ll not forget you.

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