They changed the world, when Phil Everly and Don Everly combined their voices with song.
Phil, the youngest of the Everly Brothers who took the high notes, passed away Friday from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and he was 74.
Phil left a towering legacy that still inspires half a century after The Everly Brothers’ first hit.
Everybody could argue that while Elvis Presley was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Phil and Don Everly were its troubled princes.
These singers sang dark songs hidden behind deceptively pleasing harmonies and were perfect interpreters of the twitchy hearts of millions of people who were born in 1950s and ’60s, and were looking to express themselves.
The Everlys dealt in the entire emotional spectrum with an authenticity that appealed to pro to rockers like the Beatles and Bob Dylan, who gladly pass the credit for the sea changes they made in rock to the ruggedly handsome brothers.
The Beatles once referred to themselves as ‘the English Everly Brothers’ and Dylan, pop culture’s poet laureate, once said that they owe these guys everything because they started it all.