Cathy’s Clown by The Everly Brothers

Life was good for the Everly Brothers. They placed 15 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, 1957-1960 while signed to the Cadence label with three reaching number one.

Life got better in 1960 when the newly formed Warner Brothers label offered them $1,000,000 to sign with them.

Their first release for their new label was “Cathy’s Clown,” which became their fourth, and last, number one hit. It reached the top of the Hot 100 chart May 23, 1960, and remained there for five weeks. It also became the first single to top the American and British Charts at the same time. It had an even long run at number one in England as it remained in the top position for seven weeks.

While they remained popular, the coming of the British Invasion meant that they would not dominate the charts. A break-up and reunion would consign the brothers to the oldies circuit for much of their future careers.


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