Sad to note the passing of Phil Everly.

Phil, left, and Don, right. Image from Wikipedia.

Died today in California at age 74.

Phil and his older brother Don were among the first group of  inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Their style, based on traditional southern close-harmony singing, influenced millions.

Phil usually, but not always, took the tenor part of the two-part harmonies with Don on the baritone. They’d swap roles with ease, though. What’s always impressed me about Everly songs is that both Phil and Don’s parts can stand alone as their own melodies.

This is my favorite song by the brothers.

Paul McCartney wrote this one for them. Dave Edmunds produced the record. Both huge fans of the Everlys.

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