Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones paid tribute to Phil Everly who died on last Friday at age 74. Phil was a member of the Everly Brothers with his brother Don Everly.
Together, they were one of the most important names in the rock history and several their songs hit the charts in the second half of the 50s and early 60s such as "Bye Bye Love","Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Crying In The Rain". They were also the first to record "Love Hurts"
Billie Joe and Norah Jones recently released "Foreverly" where recreated in full "Our Daddy Taught Us", a major double albums. Billie Joe said on Twitter that the Everly Brothers are part of his life since he remembers listening to music. The musician said that Phil created the harmonies alongside Don to live forever.
Norah Jones paid their respects in a statement released to the press. The singer recalled that the Everly Brothers were enormously influential for all types of musicians. "He was one of the great and is very sad to lose him."
The Everly Brothers were critical to influence of the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen, as well as having great importance in the creation of country-rock. The duo was also known by the constant friction between Don and Phil.
The musician Warren Zevon (1947-2003), before becoming a singer and songwriter, was music director. The duo liked to recall that one of the main rules for working with them was that they should never try to reconcile the brothers. The two separated in 1973, but returned to work together ten years later.
The Everly Brothers were among the first ten artists to enter the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 1986.
Watch a rare video of the Everly Brothers recorded in 1960: