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Don and I are infamous for our split, but we're closer than most brothers. Harmony singing requires that you enlarge yourself, not use any kind of suppression. Harmony is the ultimate love

Phil Everly is probably best known as one half of the monumentally successful and influential Everly Brothers, a duo that redefined close harmony singing. The brother’s recording partnership, while not always smooth, would span decades and influence musicians young and old for years to come.

Phil’s entrance into the world of music came much earlier than his partnership with just his brother though, beginning at the tender age of six as part of the Everly Family. Phil and Don’s father, Ike Everly, had been coal miner from the age of 14 but was encouraged by his father to pursue his dream of being a musician. Many years later a six year Baby Boy Phil and Little Donnie, their father and their mother were all singing side by side on Shenandoah radio stations KMA and KFNF in the mid-1940s.

While it was as part of the Everly Brothers that Phil saw the most success, he managed some impressive feats during his solo career. As well as working with artists such as Mark Knopfler and Cliff Richard, Phil Everly also recorded songs performed in the Clint Eastwood action comedy films Every Which Way But Lose and it’s sequel Any Which Way You Can. Phil died on January 3rd 2014 in Burbank, California.