|Single by The Everly Brothers|
|B-side||"Always It's You"|
|Label||Warner Bros. 5151|
|Writer(s)||Don Everly and Phil Everly|
|The Everly Brothers singles chronology|
"Cathy's Clown" was The Everly Brothers' first single for Warner Bros., after spending three years on Archie Bleyer's Cadence label. It sold eight million copies worldwide, spending five weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and one week on the R&B charts. It spent seven weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart in May and June 1960. It would become the Everly Brothers' biggest hit single and their third and final US Number One.
"Cathy's Clown" was inspired by Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite; it was a major influence on The Beatles, who—having "once toyed with calling themselves The Foreverly Brothers"—would three years later re-create the song's vocal arrangement in their first US single Please Please Me.
Jan & Dean did a cover of "Cathy's Clown" for their album 'Filet of Soul' but Liberty Records denied both set lists which include the song. Liberty later came out with their set list and released it shortly after Jan Berry's crash near Deadman's Curve which did not include Cathy's Clown. Jan & Dean's cover of "Cathy's Clown" is still currently unreleased.
Cathy's Clown is an unreleased song from the album set list for Filet of Soul. Jan Berry gave two set lists to be released for Liberty for Filet of Soul but both versions were denied. Liberty later came out with their version shortly after Jan Berry's crash near Deadman's Curve which did not include Cathy's Clown.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles||1|
"Stuck on You" by Elvis Presley
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 17, 1960 – June 20, 1960 (5 weeks)
"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" by Connie Francis
"Doggin' Around" by Jackie Wilson
|Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
June 13, 1960
"A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)" by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
"Do You Mind?" by Anthony Newley
|UK number-one single
May 5, 1960 (7 weeks)
"Three Steps to Heaven" by Eddie Cochran
Reba McEntire cover version
|Single by Reba|
|from the album Sweet Sixteen|
|Reba singles chronology|
"Cathy's Clown" was covered by country music artist Reba McEntire for her album Sweet Sixteen. In 1989, McEntire's version became her thirteenth number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Unlike the original, McEntire sang the song in the third person, thus making the narrator another woman observing the storyline.
Bruce Boxleitner appears in the video as the "clown." The video was set in an Old West motif.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||1|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||11|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||15|
"What's Going On in Your World"
by George Strait
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
July 29, 1989
"Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That"
by Dolly Parton
"In a Letter to You"
by Eddy Raven
|RPM Country Tracks
July 31, 1989
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