M. Alex Johnson NBC News
14 hours ago
Phil Everly, half of one of the most popular and influential music duos of the 1950s and '60s, the Everly Brothers, died Friday at age 74, family members said.
Jason Everly confirmed to NBC News that his father had died. The Los Angeles Times quoted Everly's wife, Patti, as saying Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after decades of smoking. The Times report quoted her as saying, “We are absolutely heartbroken.”
At their peak, the Everly Brothers — Phil, who was born in 1939, and Don, who was born in 1937 and survives his younger brother — hit it big in 1957 with "Bye Bye Love."