The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly

The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly

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There is perhaps no greater measure of the legendary Everly Brothers' impact on music than the outpouring of tributes that followed in the wake of Phil Everly's passing on Friday (Jan. 3). Here we compile tweets and statements from a wide range of musicians (from Brian Wilson to Paul Simon, Billie Joe Armstrong to Maryanne Hobbs), music execs (Del Bryant, Steve Greenberg) and many others.


"I loved my brother very much. I always thought I'd be the one to go first. 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 good-bye. Our love was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had. The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I'm mourning my brother Phil Everly. My wife Adela and I are touched by all the tributes we're seeing for Phil and we thank you for allowing us to grieve in private at this incredibly difficult time."
Don Everly

 “Phil and Don were the most beautiful sounding duo I ever heard. Both voices pristine and soulful. The Everlys were there at the crossroads of country and R&B. They witnessed and were part of the birth of rock and roll.”
Paul Simon,  New York Times obituary

"Phil Everly was THE master class in harmony. His contributions to music are profound yet understated just like good harmony itself. And knowing him for nearly 60 years, I can say with all certainty that the only thing sweeter than his voice was the man himself."
Del Bryant President Broadcast Music, Inc.

"They had that sibling sound," said Linda Ronstadt, who scored one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of "When Will I Be Loved," which Phil Everly wrote. "The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound [with family] that you never get with someone who’s not blood related to you. And they were both such good singers--they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock 'n' roll sound."
Linda Ronstadt from the L.A. Times obituary

"I never met the Everly Brothers or Phil Everly. I thought that I’d run into him in the future. When I found out yesterday that he had died, I got to say I’m kind of in shock. I feel like I lost a relative."
Billie Joe Armstrong, from the Wall Street Journal

 "Their relationship was a little volatile at times, of course, and I thought, 'Well, I wonder how long this will last?' They hadn't spoken in 10 years before they did that (London) concert. The fact that the following year they said, 'Right, we're gonna do a record and we're gonna go on the road' and it actually lasted was to my great surprise."
Albert Lee, guitarist, on helping to reunite the Everly Brothers in 1983 for a one-off concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

 "We got halfway across the floor and 'Bye Bye Love' by The Everly Brothers came on — and it stopped us in our tracks. We sang together, so we knew what two-part harmony was, but this sounded so unbelievably beautiful. ... Ever since that day, I decided that whatever music I was going to make in the future, I wanted it to affect people the same way The Everly Brothers' music affected me on that Saturday night."
Graham Nash on NPR's Fresh Air



 (EVP | Communications | National Association of Broadcasters)


(Executive editor & chief content officer of @Mashable)


(Preseidential historian)

“When you talk about harmony singing in the popular music of the postwar period, the first place you start is the Everly Brothers.... You could say they were the vocal link between all the 1950s great doo wop groups and what would come in the 1960s with the Beach Boys and the Beatles. They showed the Beach Boys and the Beatles how to sing harmony and incorporate that into a pop music form that was irresistible.”
Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum
From the LA Times obituary


"I could probably write a book on the music of the fabulous Everly Brothers, but you'll find echoes of their influence in a lot of our old Queen songs, and perhaps that is the best tribute. But if you're curious and want a real trip through a glittering canon of quintessential 1950s-60s era gold-plated Pop, right now, find the Everly Brothers hits some place, imagine the last 50 years never happened, and give yourself a treat. Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, Dream (ouch!), Crying in the Rain, I Wonder If I Care As Much, Always It's You, Til I Kissed You …I'm sure they are all there on-line. I'm not looking at any lists … all this stuff lives in my head as one of my most treasured memories. It's pure joy.

I never met them. Wish I had. But they will always be my heroes. I don't think they will know who I am, but my heartfelt condolences to Phil's wife, his family and friends, and of course to Don. I can't imagine how that must be. So hard, So sad.

RIP Phil Everly … you were magic. I have tears in my eyes"

Brian May of Queen
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