The Everly Brothers "Bye Bye Love (Live)" (1957)
Sad news has surfaced that yesterday, January 3rd 2014, singer Phil Everly passed on according to sources at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA where he had been hospitalized. Reportedly the 74 year old died from complications attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease triggered by a lifetime habit of heavy cigarette smoking. Along with brother Don, Phil made up the legendary Everly Brothers singing duo who, with their smooth harmonies and memorable lyrics, ruled the pop charts from the latter fifties into the early sixties with a string of hits including "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Bye Bye Love," "When Will I Be Loved," and "Wake Up Little Susie."
Inductees of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame the siblings began their musical careers early - first singing with their parents on radio shows and in concerts - before, while still teenagers, relocating to Nashville to become full-time songwriters. Ironically their first hit ("Bye Bye Love") as a recording duo was not a song that they themselves wrote but one written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant that they discovered and decided to record, adding their own touches to it. It became a number two pop chart hit and a number one country charts hit in 1957 and paved the way for the siblings as chart toppers both here in the US and in the UK. Check for both the extensive catalog of the Everly Brothers and Phil Everly's solo output at Amoeba.