Phil Everly Dies

Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient dies at 74
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    The Everly Brothers' Don Everly and Phil Everly
January 03, 2014 -- 6:43 pm PST
GRAMMY.com

Phil Everly, one-half of the GRAMMY-nominated vocal duo the Everly Brothers, died Jan. 3 following complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. Phil Everly and brother Don Everly emerged in the late '50s and became one of the most important vocal duos of the rock era, achieving 15 Top 10 singles, including the No. 1 hits "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Bird Dog," both of which garnered GRAMMY nominations for Best Country & Western Performance at the 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1958. "All I Have To Do Is Dream" was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2004. Their first single, 1957's "Bye Bye Love," was inducted in 1998. In 1997 the Everly Brothers were honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Everlys' tight vocal harmonies influenced such acts as the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the Byrds, and as recently as November 2013, GRAMMY winners Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones teamed to record Foreverly, a tribute to the Everly Brothers' 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.

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