Paul McCartney has paid tribute to musician and singer Phil Everly, who died last week aged 74. Writing on his website, the ex-Beatle declared that Everly was one of his "great heroes" and that the Everly Brothers were a prime influence on The Beatles.The particular sound of their hit, Please, Please Me has been compared to Cathy's Clown, in a Guardian obituary on Phil.

"Phil Everly was one of my great heroes," McCartney revealed.

"With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on The Beatles. When John 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."