In Memoriam: Country Stars We Lost in 2014

A pop-country icon and the International Ambassador of Country Music were just a few of the legendary singers who died in 2014

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Phil Everly
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Phil Everly

One of the most distinguished harmony vocalists in rock, pop and country, Phil Everly, as one half of the Everly Brothers with older sibling Don, scored 15 Top 10 hits between 1957 and 1962. The brothers' biggest chart records, including "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Cathy's Clown," were an incalculable influence on such acts as the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Their Kentucky upbringing, steeped in Appalachian mountain music and bluegrass, also inspired such country acts as Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and John Prine, all of whom recorded with one or both of the brothers on various projects. In 1986, the Everly Brothers were among the first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Phil Everly died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease just 16 days before his 75th birthday.