Great American Country extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Phil Everly, who died January 3 at the age of 74 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Recording with his brother Don as the Everly Brothers, the duo topped the country, pop and R&B charts in their decades-long career. Their hits include “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “Let It Be Me.” They are members of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“We are absolutely heartbroken,” Everly’s wife Patti told the Los Angeles Times, adding the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard,” she said.
Billboard magazine reports Don released this statement on his brother’s passing:
I loved my brother very much. I always thought I’d be the one to go first. I was listening to one of my favorite songs that Phil wrote and had an extreme emotional moment just before I got the news of his passing. I took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying good-bye. Our love was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had. The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I’m mourning my brother Phil Everly. My wife Adela and I are touched by all the tributes we’re seeing for Phil and we thank you for allowing us to grieve in private at this incredibly difficult time.
Many country stars posted their condolences on Twitter:
“So sad” to hear about the passing of Phil Everly,” said Steve Wariner. “Another piece of rock n’ roll history gone. Love to the family.”
“Rest in peace Phil Everly (Everly Brothers), a giant influence on all of us,” said the Bellamy Brothers.
“RIP brother Phil Everly
#RIPPhilEverly Legendary influence to ALL of us!!” said The Oak Ridge Boys.
“RIP Phil Everly. Thank you for your massive contribution to the music world. Some of the coolest records Ever!.” said Bryan White.
“Rest in peace Phil Everly,” said Charlie Daniels. “You guys brought us a lot of pleasure back in the day.”
“Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of my friend Phil Everly…he was a great artist and songwriter…his impact on our soundscape is vast,” said Cowboy Troy.