LOS ANGELES (January 4, 2014) Phil Everly, one half of the pioneering Everly Brothers duo whose harmonies sparked the imaginations of rock and roll singers for decades, has died at 74.
Everly died Friday at a Burbank hospital of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his son, Jason, said.
In the late 1950s and 1960s, Everly and his brother Don molded rock and roll with their high harmony while their poignant lyrics captured the restlessness and energy of a generation of young people.
Their hit records included the then-titillating "Wake Up Little Susie" and the universally identifiable "Bye Bye Love."
In all, their career spanned five decades, although they performed separately from 1973 to 1983. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, they had 19 top 40 hits.
Don Everly is now 76.