Phil Everly’s death was announced yesterday (January 4), he was 74
Don Everly has said that he received a “special spiritual message” minutes before he was told of the death of his brother Phil.
It was announced yesterday (January 4) that Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died aged 74. According to the Los Angeles Times, the cause of death was complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In a statement released to AP, his brother and other half of the infamous duo, Don Every, said: I was listening to one of my favorite songs that Phil wrote and had an extreme emotional moment just before I got the news of his passing. I took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying goodbye. Our love was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had.”
He added: “I loved my brother very much. I always thought I’d be the one to go first. The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I’m mourning my brother Phil Everly.”
Don performed with his younger brother Phil 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.