Phil Everly Dies; Legendary Musician was 74

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Phil Everly, one-half of beloved duo The Everly Brothers, passed away yesterday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. He was 74 years old.

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A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed the news, while son Jason Everly says his father died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Phil and brother Don rose to fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with Rolling Stone labeling the siblings as "the most important vocal duo in rock."

They would go on to record 35 Top 100 singles, the most in history by a tandem.

The brothers were born to country and western singers Margaret and Ike Everly and grew up performing alongside their parents in live concerts and on the radio. They moved to Nashville in their teens in order to be songwriters.

Among the brothers' hits were "Bye Bye Love," "Cathy's Clown" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream," the latter of which was covered by The Beatles.

The Everly Brothers are members of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

We send our condolences to Phil's friends, family members and loved ones.

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