Cathy's Clown was written and recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. The choruses were sung by brothers Don and Phil in their trademark close harmony style, while Don sings the bridges solo.
It was noted for its unorthodox structure, such as beginning on a chorus and having bridges but no verses. The song was a worldwide success and the best-selling single of the Everly Brothers career. Due to its enduring influence on popular music the song was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2013.
Cathy's Clown sold eight million copies worldwide, spending five weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and one week on the R&B chart. The song spent seven weeks at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in May and June 1960 and was the Everly Brothers' biggest-selling single and their third and final U.S. number 1 hit. Billboard ranked it as the number 3 song of the year for 1960.
In 2004, it was ranked 149th Rolling Stone on the magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Phil died January 3, 2014, in Burbank California from Lung Disease. Don is still alive and is 82 years old
An added note:
In November 2018, a judge ruled that Don was the sole writer of Cathy's Clown, as Phil had relinquished his rights sometime before June 1980. Acuff-Rose Music, which owned the song publishing, and BMI (the brothers' rights society) removed Phil's name from all the royalty statements. In 2011, Don filed to regain ownership, with the estate of Phil following in 2014.
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