PAUL McCARTNEY: Remembers Phil Everly
Paul McCartney calls the late Phil Everly “one of my great heroes.” In a statement posted on his website today (Wednesday), Macca said, “With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on The Beatles. When John [Lennon] and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don.
“Years later when I finally met Phil, I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul. I will always love him for giving me some of the sweetest musical memories of my life.”
McCartney didn’t mention he returned his love for The Everly Brothers by writing and producing Don and Phil’s 1984 reunion single “On the Wings of a Nightingale.”