Everly Brothers sales increase by almost 700 per cent following death of Phil Everly

US sales soar following the death of founder member

Sales of The Everly Brothers albums have increased 696 per cent following the death of Phil Everly last week.

The US sales spike follows the passing of Phil Everly, aged 74, following complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Billboard reports, using Nielsen SoundScan statistics, that The Everly Brothers’ back catalogue “saw a 455 per cent gain in sales for the week ending January 5, rising to 5,000 sold for the week”. The 25-song collection, ‘The Very Best of the Everly Brothers’, sold the most and will enter the Country Catalogue Chart at Number 8 this week.

‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ is the brothers’ most popular song, with sales up 490 per cent with 4,000 downloads. In total 18,000 Everly Brothers songs were downloaded in the past week, a 696 per cent rise on the previous seven days.

Alongside older brother Don, The Everly Brothers 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 duo were among the first 10 acts to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame when it was launched in 1986.

Earlier this week Paul McCartney paid tribute to Everly. In a statement the former Beatle said that he was one of his “great heroes” and cited The Everly Brothers as a key influence on The Beatles.