Phil Everly, half of the sibling singing duo whose harmonies influenced a million careers—including the Beatles (Paul McCartney even mentions the brothers by name in his 1976 hit, Let ‘Em In), the Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel—has died in California at the age of 74. The Everly Brothers, Phil and his older brother Don, launched their career in 1957 with a song that became their signature (and my favorite): Bye Bye Love, released in 1957 when the brothers were just 18 and 20 years old.
Where Were You: America Remembers the JFK Assassination (Lyons Press) author Gus Russo met the brothers back in the 1980s, after a concert in New York. He shared his memories with Lyons Press:
“The Everlys were a huge influence on me and every musician I know from that era–it’s a huge loss,” said Russo. “They exploded off the radio in the old days. There was nothing that sounded remotely close to it.”
“I met them once, and I was in awe,” continued Russo. “I hung with them at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in the eighties after they performed at Saratoga. We closed the bar.”
Check out Russo’s autographed LP below. RIP Phil.