Back to News


Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Phil Everly Passes Away

January 4 2014

Nashville, TN... The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame mourns the loss of 2001 inductee Phil Everly, who died Friday (Jan. 3, 2014) in Burbank, Calif., of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. Half of the legendary music duo The Everly Brothers, Phil was the writer of the smash “When Will I Be Loved,” a Top 10 hit for the Everlys in 1960 and a Country chart-topper for Linda Ronstadt in 1975. “Hearts all over the world are broken with the sad news of Phil Everly’s passing,” said Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Board Chair and fellow HOF inductee Pat Alger. “Thirty years ago I was lucky enough to be chosen as the opening act for the Everly Brothers Reunion tour, and I got to see up-close how much Phil and Don and the Everly Brothers’ music meant to so many people. Phil was a warm, wonderful person – a true Southern gentleman with a great sense of humor and the voice of an angel. I have lost a dear friend, and the music community has lost one its most important native sons. Our hearts go out to his wife, Patti, his brother, Don, and all of his family, friends and fans.”

More on Phil is available at