Bye Bye Love: Singer Phil Everly, dead at 74

Sad news for many music fans today, as the news of singer Phil Everly's death has released a flood of tributes, remembrances and obituaries singing the praises of one of the most distinguished pop music voices in American music history.

Mr. Everly was half of the famous Everly Brothers duo.

Patricia Aidem, a spokeswoman at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, confirmed Everly's death on Friday, but could not provide additional details, citing the family's request. Mr. Everly was 74.

CNN reported the news citing his history from the 1950s and early 1960s, when Phil Everly and his brother, Don, intoxicated fans worldwide with their tight harmonies and "emotive" lyrics.

Rolling Stone labeled the Everly Brothers "the most important vocal duo in rock," having influenced the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and many other acts.

CNN reported that the brothers began as songwriters before signing a deal in 1957 with Cadence Records. They became international sensations over the next five years with tunes such as "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "When Will I Be Loved" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream." In terms of record sales, their chief rivals during this stretch were Elvis Presley and Pat Boone.

According to "The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll," 30 acts had rejected the song, but the Everlys -- with the key guitar contributions of Chet Atkins, who played on many of their hits -- took the song to No. 2 on the pop charts.

Their hit sigle "Bye Bye Love" reportedly counted Paul Simon and The Beatles' Paul McCartney as fans.

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