Bye Bye Love… A Tribute To Phil Everly

There are very few acts as important to the inception of rock and roll as the Everly Brothers. The duo, consisting of brothers Phil and Don, took the popular country music sound of the 50s, infused it with rockabilly, and delivered a series of hits crucial to the birth and lineage the most culture-defining genre in the history of music. In addition to their iconic steel guitar sound, their sound was all about the harmonies. Don and Phil, to date, are amongst the tightest vocalists in history, creating a sound so intricate and harmonious that it actually sounded like one voice. With hits like “Bye Bye Love” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” The Everly Brothers’ impact was so great that they were amongst the inductees in the first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside other formative artists like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley; they also have spots in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Needless to say, the duo is continuously lauded by rock and roll historians and enthusiasts the world over, all of whom are currently mourning the death of Phil Everly, who passed away on January 3 at the age of 74. To date, The Everly Brothers have pretty much accomplished everything imaginable, but this is a particularly noteworthy loss of a legend. I would find it remiss if I didn’t take the time to honor this artist who, unfortunately, this current generation hardly knows, but he and his brother helped shape music as we know it. May he rest in peace.

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