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Originally published January 3, 2014 at 7:31 PM | Page modified January 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

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Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Phil Everly, one half of the pioneering Everly Brothers harmony duo that sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, has died. He was 74.


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LOS ANGELES —

Phil Everly, one-half of the pioneering Everly Brothers harmony duo that sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, has died. He was 74.

His son Jason Everly says his father died Friday at a Burbank hospital of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, Everly and his brother, Don, molded rock 'n' 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.



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