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To the Everly family; I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Please take away some consolation in the fact that your family, perhaps never more than now, consists literally of millions upon millions whose hearts ache along with yours. I can scarcely remember a time when the voices of The Everlys weren't there to add to the beauty that is life. Thank you, Phil and Don, for being a huge part of the soundtracks of our lives. Phil, you will be sorely missed.
Sincerely,
Ken Dixon
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Dear everyone... it is very touching to read how the Everly´s music has helped all of us with first dances, marriage proposals, surviving the pain after the loss of a loved one...

Anyway... some months ago when I was planning to go to the reunion (which unfortunately I could not make it) I had a beautiful dream where I actually met Don and Phil. They were quite young and had their nice suits on. They were sitting on the cases of their guitars. Don was nice but quiet and Phil was joking with me and tried to make me less nervous by having a nice conversation. I was mute in my dream because I was so thrilled to meet them. It was short but sweet.

When I read Jason´s article: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/phil-everlys-son-jason-remembers-his-rock-pioneer-dad-exclusive-20140106 I cried because the way he describes him is the way that he was in my dream... I may have not met him in person but, in a way, I did and he made my dream come true...

Ever since I was a kid I wished I was a teenager back in those days and so it is a pleasure to be a part of this community.

God bless the Everly family...

Love for you all,
Laura
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I grew up and still in Shenandoah, IA, where Don and Phil began their musicals careers, thanks to their parents Ike and Margaret Everly. In fact, I grew up on 6th Avenue, just 3 blocks east of where they lived in Shenandoah. That house on 6th where they lived for a time is now located on the west side of the town's museum. Much work has gone in to renovating the home, and it's available for public viewing.
Back in the late 80's, while working at KMA Radio in Shenandoah, where the Everly's were live radio entertainers, I had the privilege of going to Lincoln, NE, for their concert at the NE State Fair. This concert was of course a few years after their Shenandoah Homecoming Concert.
Being an employee of KMA radio I was granted before the show access to Phil's dressing room. A few seconds after I entered, Don came in. Before beginning the interview, which was recorded, I said that I was extremely nervous. Phil said "Relax. We're all from the same hometown!" The genuine sound of his voice and the fact he said it, put me at ease.
Many celebrities 'pretend'' to appreciate their fans, but Phil and Don, their appreciation wasn't an act. It was genuine. It was Iowa bred. Phil and Don spent their formative years growing up in Shenandoah. I was shocked to learn that Phil had passed on Friday, Jan., 3rd. I kept hoping that Phil would return to Shenandoah to see his renovated childhood home. It even has the original beds the boys slept in! Though I'm considerably younger than Phil and Don (I'm 55), I found a deep appreciation for their music when I was in my early teens.
Friday, Jan. 3rd will always be a sad day for myself and all of Phil's fans, and Everly Bros fans. Another "Day the Music Died". Rest In Peace Phil Everly! You're already missed by millions! And thank you Don for being his loving brother and getting the Everly Brothers Reunited!
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My thoughts have been confirmed to the World Wide respect Phil has had! I can only hope his family and friends will guide this site to continue the friendship, conversation and discovery of new bits of facts of the Great man we knew as Phil Everly!
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It's true....love hurts.
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I was a young man of just 11 years old when I first heard Don & Phil singing and it would have been around that time that I would have seen them guesting on the Perry Como Show which was shown here in England too. For the next fifty years or so I have enjoyed their music time and time again, and am the proud owner of virtually all of their recorded music.

Saddened as we all are by Phil's recent passing, we can also look to the positive side and be truly thankful for the huge back catalogue of Everly Brother's recordings that can be enjoyed for many future generations to come. I am particularly grateful for that and continue to enjoy the Brother's music on an almost daily basis.

Condolences to Don in particular for the loss of a dear brother, and to Phil's family and friends too.

Phil will live long in the memories of everyone, and the music created and performed by the Everly Brothers will thankfully live on forever. Rest in peace, Phil.
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Chris private msg quote post Address this user
From Paul McCartney's Web Site! Paul remembers musician Phil Everly who passed away last week:

"Phil Everly was one of my great heroes. With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on The Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don.

"Years later when I finally met Phil, I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul.

"I will always love him for giving me some of the sweetest musical memories of my life."

- Paul McCartney
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January 8, 2013: AN OPEN LETTER TO DON EVERLY: Ironically, the sad loss last Friday of your dear brother, Phil, has brought back happy memories for me of the two of you and your unique and wonderful blend of brotherly harmonies ─ the sweet side of rock 'n' roll.

I remember learning to dance with my cousin in 1957 to "Bye, Bye, Love." I remember one of my closest friends insisting in 1960 that "Till I Kissed Ya" was about his new girlfriend. I remember later that year when "Cathy's Clown" topped the charts on our prom night and was still there on graduation day. I remember how the lyric of one of your most popular early hits so closely matched the story of getting home at 6:30 a.m. from my first date with my 15-year old future wife ─ little Susie! I remember a year after your 1983 celebrated reunion concert in Royal Albert Hall watching you performing together on tour in a theater-in-the-round in Pennsylvania ─ as if your 10-year break-up had never happened. I remember the feeling of joy and wonderment at how your songbook of familiar melodies seemed endless. Every time I thought you were done, there was more. Lastly, I remember thinking how warm and genuine you two were when you invited fans to shake your hands stage-side at the end of your show in Las Vegas. (I shook yours, Don.) My heartfelt thanks for these memories.

The sweet sound of Everly Brothers music will never be forgotten ─ and it will never be duplicated. May he rest in peace. So sad.
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I grew up with the music of the Everly Brothers being played in our home a lot of the time. My dad (now 70)remains a huge fan, has every LP - vinyl (some collectors pieces)and same again on CD not to mention a great video/DVD collection of musical appearances.Phil and Don's music brought great joy into our house, their music was a particular comfort to my dad when my mum passed away a number of years ago, listening to their music continues to bring my dad happy memories of his time with my mum. My dad came over for dinner tonight and we spent the evening talking about Phil, listening to some of dad's favourite Everly Brother songs and watching some clips from the website. Roy Orbison,Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Dolly Parton were also regularly played on my dad's record player. Phil was at truly humble and kind person. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with the Everly family at this time. God Bless. Janet (Ireland)
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lalopz private msg quote post Address this user
Norah and Billie are from my generation (a bit older perhaps)and just as Mr. Phil said some months ago "they did a very good job" with their album Foreverly...

I think that listening to it is a great tribute from my generation letting know the world that Mr. Phil and Mr. Don will always live forever through their musical legacy, inspiration, example and love... that is how the people whom have left this material world keep being alive...

We love you Mr. Phil... It is unavoidable to think, write about you and pray for you these days...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czpMQN4CStQ

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/arts/music/norah-jones-and-billie-joe-armstrong-sing-everly-brothers.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
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Hi Howie1960Sailors,

I believe that the theater-in-the-round show you mentioned was the one I attended, also, and it was at the Valley Forge Music Fair, where many, many big names performed...it was kind of an "in place" to perform, west of the large King of Prussia Shopping Mall in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. Superb show, as usual, and then their friendly signing of autographs and chatting at the back door exit on their way to boarding the tour bus.

Best, Craig
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Sincerest condolences to the Everly Family over their loss. I am deeply saddened by Phil's passing, I have loved the brother's music all my life and learned all about vocal harmonies and how to sing by listening to their wonderful music. I was so fortunate to have seen the brothers perform in Sydney, Australia in 1985 and 1989. In Oct 1985 I was fortunate to attended The EB's Sydney press conference, and I recall the brothers related many wonderful stories about their lives , and especially of touring with Buddy Holly. I recorded the entire event on professional sound equipment, I am searching for the tape and will post online as soon as I can locate it and transfer it digitally.
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Dear Phil,
The songs that you and Don sang were the commentary on my life in many ways. Songs like: "Hello Amy", "Like Strangers", "No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile", "Don't Ask Me to be Friends" and many more.
Of course it was not just the words. Your harmonies, so intricate as on "It's All Over" or "Sleepless Nights" created a sound that, in itself, was so moving and emotional. Then you and Don's versions of "Pretty Flamingo" and "Somebody Help Me"...so good and better than the versions we were hearing in the UK by British artists. From 'In Our Image' "It Only Costs a Dime" WOW!!.
Your solo albums with tracks like "It's in Your Eyes" and "Words in your Eyes", the original "Air That I Breathe" and many, many more....there are so many reasons to be grateful, not only to you and Don, but to you as an individual. You were rarer than a "January Butterfly"
I will certainly miss your contribution to my life.
With true affection
Richard
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strat_83 private msg quote post Address this user
Being a 65 y/o man, I was lucky enough to be of an appreciating age when serious rock came to be. The Everly's were on the A list and I loved their music and exquisite harmonies from day 1. So I heard all the radio stuff, bought the albums, saw them live twice and saw them I-don't-know-how-many-times on tv. With Phil's passing, I had a long memory session and realized that I'd never once seen a bad performance. Once they strapped on their guitars, got on the mic(s) and started singing, it was perfection. Now, a few days after Phil's passing, all the great harmonizers who followed them are acknowledging their influence.
Something that I like about those people now making those acknowledgements always did so. The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, CSN and goodness who knows else, always mentioned the Everly's as influences and, more importantly, inspirations.
Rest in peace Phil...and to Phil and Don, thanks for the wonderful tunes and performances.
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matt private msg quote post Address this user
Listening to the Everly Brothers always brings a smile to my face. It just doesn't get any better than those sweet harmonies. Thank you. Condolences to Phils family and especially to Don. RIP Phil.
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Julie_UK_fan private msg quote post Address this user
My best wishes and condolences to all the family, friends and admirers who are now grieving for Phil Everly. I too have been incredibly sad this week.
I was lucky enough to see Don and Phil sing live twice, in 1983 (London) and 1985 (Birmingham UK).
I was privileged to attend their Reunion Concert at London's Albert Hall in September 1983, as a teenager. The gorgeous blend of voices, the intricate musical arrangements and the emotional intensity of that concert were incredibly moving and special. I became a fan from that night and also developed a soft spot for Phil and his high harmonies. The recording of that concert became the soundtrack to my college and later life.
The memories of that special night have remained with me.

Thank you both Don and Phil for sharing your music with us. Rest in peace Phil.
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bcbender private msg quote post Address this user
I grew up loving and singing the Everly Brother's songs, and as the years went by my husband loved them too. We would go to as many concerts as we could when they were in the area, and I remember one day at the OC fair, we went to two concerts in one day... My husband died at 47 years old of sudden cardiac arrest, and the memories of him that come to me when I hear the Everly's music are more precious than ever.
I believe with all my heart that Glen, my husband, and Phil are waiting for the rest of us music fans to meet up with them - and until we do they are enjoying some glorious harmony!
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Incredibly sad I put a picture on my desk and light a candle for Phil. The picture once was given to me from a friend. I looked already so many times in my life at this picture, never made me sad. Always made me happy. The candle lights his face.... Wish all of the Everly family members the strength they need, these days from Karin, the Netherlands
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UKDAME private msg quote post Address this user
Condolences to family and friends of Phil Everly. I had no idea of their background until I watched a reunion video on You-Tube. Family ties no doubt molded him as a person and the better person he became from it. I was a Beatles era gal but always loved those Everly harmonies. Hope the family keep singing. A gift from God.
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hollybuddy59 private msg quote post Address this user
I just found out about this web site and I didn't know how to send a card or express my condolences so I will do that now. Of course I was saddened by the news and I couldn't believe when I heard it. So to Patti, Jason, Chris, Margret and Don, please accept my deepest condolences in the loss of Phil.
In 1984 I had the honor of meeting Don and Phil when they performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. I created a collage for them and gave them each a copy of the collage. I got to spend about an hour and a half in their dressing room just talking and taking pictures and such. They kept telling me how they thought that the collage would make a great poster. I just thought that they were trying to make me feel good. But in May of 1985 the collage became a 22x28 poster and was sold at their concerts across the country and I was thrilled to death. I still have the pictures from the night, along with other pictures from other venues from different years after that night. Here's a picture of Phil and I from that magical night in Vegas. Don and Phil treated me like a king and that was the thing that struck me and stayed in my heart forever. They just were so down to earth and we had a wonderful time talking about many things. I never told them how great they were, I didn't have to do that, the records they sold spoke for how great they were. I was just proud to say that I knew them and they knew me and that's all that mattered. Phil will live in my heart forever....RIP Phil...Don Larson..Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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I can only sort of repeat what has been said over and over on here. I am pushing 70 and have lived in Wales all my life and grew up listening to all the stuff recorded by The Everly Brothers. I have got everything I could have laid my hands on, all the vinyl and CDs, many imported here, as well as the solo stuff, and the DVDs and I still spend hours watching concert clips on You Tube. I saw them a few times in the 60s, could not get a ticket for The Reunion Concert, but managed every other tour in the UK right up until the last one in 2005. In fact I had two tickets for the Orleans Casino Concert in Feb 2006, their last tour, but it was cancelled. I was devastated. I cannot single out any particular record as I love them all. They were the greatest popular music act of all time. At times it sounded like one voice, incredible talent. Sadly it would seem they had personal differences which did in fact deprive us all of even more material and concerts but who doesn't have that with a sibling ( I do anyway ) and it was a private matter and none of our concern. So sad to learn of Phil's parting, part of my own life seems to have been taken away as there was always the hope that they would record something again. Condolences and regards to the families at this time. Long may the music be played- and it will
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Just One More!
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evelynmorrison private msg quote post Address this user
Hi, I am a Sri Lankan living in Canada now. Was an Everly Brothers fan since my early teens. So sad to hear of Phil's death. My deepest sympathies to the family.
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Silvana private msg quote post Address this user
I've been a fan since the 1980s when I was a young teenager. I picked their greatest hits album as an award and was mesmerized by it and them. I recently rediscovered them and was hoping to see them perform, but unfortunately that never happened. I offer my deepest condolences to the entire Everly family. What beautiful and wonderful people and musicians. The voices of angels. I love Phil and Don very much for the joy they brought me through their music and will always be grateful. And thank you for the memories posted. It's nice to hear all the amazing stories and thoughts.
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JaneG private msg quote post Address this user
hello I'm jane from Great Britain,
but all I can say is my condolence to all the everly family at this time.
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Roy private msg quote post Address this user
My deep condolences to the Family of Phillip Everly with the loss of his life. To his wife and sons, To his beloved brother Don Everly and Family and of course to his mother Margaret Everly too... She has over lived her son...
I am wishing them a lot of strength in this very difficult period...
He might have lose this battle from COPD, but he surely wins a place in heaven where he will be welcomed with his golden voice and songs.... We have lost Phil Everly on earth but he will go on singing in heaven...
I envy the heaven for this. We will miss him a lot on earth...

Goodbye Phil, we will never forget you.....
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The first time I heard them sing I was blown away as a young boy. I always wanted hair like Don and Phil had. This is when I first started playing guitar. I got to see them at the Valley Forge Theater in PA. Great show. It will be a long time before there is another act that can equal these guys. As Bob Hope said " Thanks for the memories."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRP3M_2MHGw

Look forward to seeing you on the other side Phil. I want to hear you tell the stories about early Rock n Roll. You will be missed.
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lanasunshine private msg quote post Address this user
My deepest sympathy to the Everly family. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God bless each and every one of you with comfort and beautiful memories.
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