Don Everly receives 'special spiritual message'

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 4 at 4:00 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Don Everly, half of influential rock duo the Everly Brothers, says he experienced an "extreme emotion moment" before he heard of the death of his brother Phil.

Phil Everly died Friday in California from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 74.

Don Everly said in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday that he was listening to a favorite song Phil had written and had an emotional moment before learning of his brother's death.

The statement says Don "took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying goodbye."

The Everly Brothers brought their love of country music to rock 'n' roll in the 1950s and 1960s, transforming the pop charts of the day and inspiring legions of young proto rockers like the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Byrds.

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