This Day in Death

1.3.14: Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 7:11 am January 9, 2014

PHIL_EVERLYPhil’s (right) fallout with brother Don (left) was one of the more publicized breakups in modern music history. Less discussed but equally tragic was the prolonged and gradual separation of Phil’s pompadour from his scalp. I was always Team Scalp, for the record.


Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, the legendary musical brothers who bridged the gap between country and rock, has died at the age of 74. Careful not to confuse them with fellow legendary musical brothers Nelson, who bridged the gap between butt rock and cock rock. Kids these days just assume Daughtry came out of the ether, no respect for the forebearers.

On a personal note, the Everly Brothers have been my favorite musical duo ever since I realized that Taylor Hicks is only one person and I just had my tv next to a mirror. I… really need to see my optometrist.

You could argue that while Elvis Presley was the king of rock `n’ roll, Phil and Don Everly were its troubled princes. They sang dark songs hidden behind deceptively pleasing harmonies and were perfect interpreters of the twitchy hearts of millions of baby boomer teens coming of age in the 1950s and `60s looking to express themselves beyond the simple platitudes of the pop music of the day.

Nowadays the legacy of the Everly Brothers proudly lives on courtesy of… uh… Norah Jones and the guy from Green Day. They apparently released a rerecording of the Everly’s album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us last year, presumably retitled Songs Our Agents Told Us to Record Because Country Audiences Are an Untapped Market (Proudly Brought to You by Samsung #Authentic).

Alright, that was overly cynical, but if you can come up with a better explanation for why all of these guys spontaneously jumped ship to country just as the U.S.S. Every Other Genre capsized I’m all ears. With even the more rat-faced of the Spears sisters planning a country album it’s safe to say the plot’s been pretty thoroughly lost. Plus it’s kept Kevin Costner from bringing us that Tin Cup sequel I keep writing petitions for. It’s been 18 years, Costner! I need better closure!

Source: Billboard

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