By Mary Pols Judith Newman
January 20, 2014 12:00 PM

>Phil Everly 1939–2014

Providing the perfect high harmony to his older brother Don, Phil Everly—who died at 74 on Jan. 3 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—was half of one of the most iconic and influential duos in pop history. With a string of hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s—including the classics “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream”—the Everly Brothers pioneered a seamless blend of rock and country. The pair inspired acts like the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel, and their enduring impact can be heard on Foreverly, a recent tribute album by Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones. Bye bye, Phil.