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Friday, January 3, 2014

Phil Everly, R.I.P.

Phil Everly, 74, has passed away, and the world of music has lost one of the great harmonizing vocalists.  Of course, he was one-half of the Everly Brothers.  His death came as the boys revived in the public eye thanks to the new Billy Jo Armstrong/Norah Jones tribute album.  I was a fan from the start (at the age of 10) and remember them well as fixtures on Bandstand and Dick Clark's Saturday night show.  Roy Orbison once told me he regretted giving "Claudette" to the Everly Bros.--named for his wife who would die in cycle crash.

Five early videos here but below here's a less famous favorite, later done by Roy Orbison and Gram & Emmylou and then "When Will I Be Loved" (a Linda Ronstadt staple later).  The favorite of many, live, "Let It Be Me."   Another that Gram and Emmylou did, "Sleepless Nights." And live in 1986 with Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins.  Ten great covers here from wild  variety of folks.  Warren Zevon on touring with them.  A 42-minute doc here.

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