Phil Everly, 1939–2014

Phil Everly, half of the Everly Brothers, died yesterday. The duo, whose music is well-covered on 1994’s Harmonies and Heartaches four-CD box, influenced countless artists over many decades. (Three tribute albums have appeared in just the last 12 months.)

They certainly had an impact on me. “All I Have to Do Is Dream”—featured here in a 1960 UK performance with backup by Buddy Holly’s Crickets—came out in 1957, when I was in grade school. It was one of the first songs I heard on the radio that sounded to me like pure magic. I couldn’t get enough of it. Those sweet harmonies still amaze me.

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