Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have paid tribute to Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, who died aged 74 on Friday (January 3).
Green Day frontman recently collaborated with Jones on an Everly Brothers covers album. Titled ‘Foreverly’, the full-length album was released in November last year (2013).
Writing about his admiration for Phil Everly on Twitter, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote: “The Everly Brothers go way back far as I can remember hearing music. Those harmonies live on forever. We’re gonna miss you Phil. Gratitude.”
Meanwhile, in a statement, Norah Jones said: “The Everlys had a huge influence on all kinds of musicians. The high harmonies Phil sang were fluid and so beautiful and always sound effortless in a way that just washes over the listener. He was one of our greats and it’s very sad to lose him.”
It was announced yesterday (January 4) that Phil Everly died aged 74. According to the Los Angeles Times, the cause of death was complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Phil performed with his older brother Dom as the Everly Brothers. They 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.