According to his family, Phil Everly, who comprised half of the influential early rock band the Everly Brothers, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
His wife, Patti Everly, told the Los Angeles Times that the family is “absolutely heartbroken,” but that he had “fought long and hard.”
The Everly Brothers were one of the first 10 acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1997, the were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. They are also one of the few groups to have been elected into both the Rock and Roll and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
They had nearly three dozens hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, including “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.”
Watch video of the Everly Brothers performing some of their classic hits below.
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