Phil Everly of Everly Brothers has died in California. He was 74.
Everly died in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank of complications from lung disease, his wife Patti told the Los Angeles Times.
“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, adding that the disease was the result of a lifetime of smoking.
Phil Everly and his brother Don made up the Everly Brothers, one of the biggest pop acts of the 1950s and early 1960s.
They had a string of close-harmony hits including Wake Up Little Suzie, Cathy’s Clown, Bye Bye Love, and All I Have To Do Is Dream.
Rolling Stone magazine calls them “the most important vocal duo in rock”.
The pair had an onstage breakup in 1973 that led to a decade-long estrangement, but Phil later told Time magazine the brothers’ relationship had survived this.
“Don and I are infamous for our split,” Phil said, “but we’re closer than most brothers.”