January 3, 2014

RIP Phil Everly [Darleen Click]

Phil was 74

Legendary pop singer Phil Everly, who together with his brother, Don, formed one of the 1960s most popular pop duos, died Friday, his wife, Patti Everly, told the Los Angeles Times. He was 74.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she told the newspaper, adding that Everly’s death was brought on after a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”

The Everly Brothers charted nearly three dozen hits in their heyday from the late ’50s through the early ’60s. Some of their most notable songs – “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do is Dream” – have become pop staples and influenced major acts such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Byrds, the Times reported.

Posted by Darleen @ 11:18pm

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Comments (11)

  1. Some of the best-loved earbugs evah! RIP, and may modern-era rappers – ‘singers’ never overwrite and ruin your creations!

  2. “Wake up Little Susie” is Dubya’s favorite song. And one of mine.

  3. I saw the Everly Brothers back in the eighties. They were fun and could actually hit a note without a lot of electronic help.

    RIP Phil.

  4. Don will be 77 in a few weeks. Condolences to him of course.

  5. adding that Everly’s death was brought on after a lifetime of cigarette smoking

    I’m sure the whole “being 74 years old” had nothing to do with it…

    “But if we just outlaw every potentially harmful food, activity, and trendy chemical amusement aid we’ll live forever!” Which if true, would be a lovely ironic variation of Hell.

  6. There’s probably a youtube video involved too.

  7. John, do you remember that ancient French woman who outlived her lawyer that bought her apartment in anticipation of her death? She smoked those unfiltered French cigarettes and drank brandy everyday and lived to be over 113 years old.

    If you can smoke weed in Colorado, I’m smoking tobacco in Oklahoma. Just deal with it. Bitches.

  8. Some people will keep on going no matter what. Others will die young from something or other. My mother never smoked and rarely drank and died at 61 from cancer. Her older sisters who drank and smoked a lot lived into their 80s, though a few did have lung problems near the end.

    Most data on harmful stuff that we can survive short-term is correlative in nature. Since every person is a little different, that is the best we can do.

  9. Most smokers do not get lung cancer. It’s one of those “we are going to force a causation out of this correlation” things where the health Nazis are concerned.

    Conversely, most people who get lung cancer never smoked. It’s a puzzler.

  10. “Wake up Little Susie” is Dubya’s favorite song. And one of mine.

    Imagine trying to sell that song today. “Guys, what the hell is this even about?”

  11. I listened to a bunch of their songs this morning and thought these are ballads. All about love and loss and longing sung in beautiful harmony.

    Not a bitch or a ho in the bunch.