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Phil and Don Everly, left to right, of the Everly Brothers joke around for photographers on Jan. 4, 1984 in New York City. (AP photo/Ray Stubblebine) Phil and Don Everly, left to right, of the Everly Brothers joke around for photographers on Jan. 4, 1984 in New York City. (AP photo/Ray Stubblebine)
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Legendary pop singer Phil Everly, who together with his brother, Don, formed one of the 1960s most popular pop duos, died Friday, his wife, Patti Everly, told the Los Angeles Times. He was 74.

"We are absolutely heartbroken," she told the newspaper, adding that Everly's death was brought on after a lifetime of cigarette smoking. "He fought long and hard."

The Everly Brothers charted nearly three dozen hits in their heyday from the late '50s through the early '60s. Some of their most notable songs – "Cathy's Clown," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye Bye Love," "When Will I Be Loved" and "All I Have to Do is Dream" – have become pop staples and influenced major acts such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Byrds, the Times reported.

In addition to his wife, Everly is survived by his brother, Don, their mother, Margaret, sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters. Funeral services will be private.

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