Jason Everly says it was difficult to tell Phil and brother Don what to do
Phil Everly’s son Jason has paid tribute to his father, who died on January 3, saying he was just a “regular guy”.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Jason Everly, who in later days acted as his father’s agent, says it was difficult to tell his father and uncle Don – who last reunited as The Everly Brothers in 2006 – what to do.
“Five years ago, the Grammys brought over, they had everybody – Little Richard and Chuck Berry – and they wanted the Everly Brothers badly,” he recalled. “The guy was begging me. Everybody wanted them to go on tour again. But you can’t tell guys that have helped invent rock and roll and toured the world for 50 years on every continent over and over again what to do.”
Everly’s son also revealed that his father had a penchant for inventing things. “He was always trying to invent stuff,” Everly said. “When I was a little kid in the Seventies, he wanted to make a guitar with a speaker in it. It was heavy and it didn’t really work and had tons of feedback. He had a record player with two needles so it would play real stereo. That’s what he was trying to invent: ‘What can we do? How can we make this better?'”
Phil Everly died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 74. Alongside older brother Don, The Everly Brothers (pictured above in 1959) were one of the biggest bands of the 1950s and early 1960s and were particularly known for their close harmonies. Their hits included ‘Wake Up Little Susie’, ‘Cathy’s Clown’, ‘Bye Bye Love’, and ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. The Everly Brothers were among the first 10 acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it was launched in 1986.
Phil Everly is survived by his brother, Don, his wife, Patti, his mother, Margaret, sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters.