Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers Dead At 74

(Radio.com) Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers died Friday in Burbank, California of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the L.A. Times. He was 74 years old.

Phil and his brother Don made up the Everly Brothers, one of the most important groups of the early rock and roll era; they were a huge influence on, among others, the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

Everly's wife, Patti Everly, told the LA Times that "We are absolutely heartbroken," noting that his disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking.

Some of the duo's biggest hits included "Cathy's Clown," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye Bye Love," "When Will I Be Loved" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream." "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love" were both covered by Simon & Garfunkel, who took the Everlys out as special guests on their 2003 reunion tour. Another notable cover was Linda Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved," from her 1974 classic album Heart Like A Wheel. more on this story

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