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Phil Everly (January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014): Along with his brother Don, the Everly Brothers were country-influenced rock and roll singers, known for steel-string guitar and close harmony singing. In the late ‘50s, the Everly Brothers were the rock and roll youth movement’s addition to close harmony vocal groups, which were mostly family bands. They influenced a whole generation of rockers of the ‘60s including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel, all of whom developed their early styles by performing Everly Brother songs. The Bee Gees, The Hollies, and other rock groups that featured harmony singing were also influenced. Some of their hits included “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” Phil died of lung disease at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, 16 days before his 75th birthday. Glenn Frey (November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016): A founding member of the Eagles known for his laid-back persona and country-tinged California sound, Frey was the group’s lead singer and front man which he shared with fellow member Don Henley. Together the two wrote most of the band’s iconic hits like “Best of My Love,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California.” Frey played guitar and piano and sang lead vocals on such songs as “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Already Gone,” “New Kid in Town” and “Heartache Tonight.” During a successful solo career in the ‘80s, Frey recorded such Top 40 hits as “The One You Love,” “The Heat Is On” and “You Belong to the City” among others. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Frey died at the Columbia University Medical Center from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia while recovering from gastrointestinal tract surgery. Lesley Gore (May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015): In 1963 at the age of 16 she recorded the pop hit “It’s My Party” and followed it up with other hits including “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s a Fool,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Maybe I Know” and “California Nights.” Gore worked as an actress and along with her brother Michael Gore, composed songs for the 1980 film Fame, for which they received an Academy Award nomination for “Out Here on My Own.” In the 2000s Gore hosted an LGBT-oriented show on PBS titled In the Life. She had been working on her memoir and a Broadway show based on her life when she died of lung cancer at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. At the time of her death, Gore and her partner Lois Sasson had been together for 33 years. Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016): A singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler, Haggard was a grizzled country music legend who became a voice for the working man with classics like “Okie from Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me.” Along with the legendary Buck Owens, Haggard and his band, the Strangers, helped create what was called the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with a traditional country steel guitar sound and new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge that is not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the era. He received many honors and awards for his music, including a Kennedy Center Honor, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a BMI Icon Award and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. He died at his ranch in Northern California of complications from double pneumonia.

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