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Phil and Don Everly, left to right, of the Everly Brothers joke around for photographers on Jan. 3, 1984 in New York City. Phil died on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. - Provided courtesy of AP Photo / Ray Stubblebine

Phil Everly dies: Everly Brothers singer was 74

01/03/2014 by Corinne Heller

Phil Everly, who was part of the duo The Everly Brothers with his brother Don, has died at age 74.

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Phil's family said the singer passed away in Burbank, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 3. He died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his son, Jason Everly. Phil's birthway was on January 19.

The Everly Brothers rose to game in the 1950s and 1960s wit hits such as "Wake Up Little Suzie," "When Will I Be Loved," "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love." The duo broke up in the 1970s after Don showed up intoxicated to a concert in Hollywood, according to Rolling Stone magazine, which said Phil smashed a guitar over his brother's head and "stormed out." They pursued solo careers and reunited in 1983 and went on a tour.

In 1998, they recorded the "Cold" for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's musical "Whistle Down the Wind." Throughout the next decade, they concentrated on solo projects.

In addition to his wife and Don, who is 76, Phil is survived by their mother, Margaret, and sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters, the Los Angeles Times reported.

(Pictured: L-R: Phil and Don Everly of the Everly Brothers joke around for photographers on Jan. 4, 1984 in New York City. Credit: AP Photo / Ray Stubblebine)

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