Number One Song For 17 May 1960: ‘Cathy’s Clown’

by Norm Gregory on May 17, 2014

in 1960, Music

The number one song on the Billboard Top Singles chart on Maybe 17 1960 was by the Everly Brothers.

Here are the Everly Brothers performing Cathy’s Clown, accompanied by The Crickets, on a UK TV show during 1961.

Cathy’s Clown was The Everly’s first single for Warner Bros., after spending three years on the 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 would become the Everly Brothers’ biggest hit single and their third and final US Number One.

As I recall the Everly’s had nearly 20 top ten hits over their career. All this came rushing back to me upon hearing the news of Phil Every’s death last January (He’s the one of the left) just sixteen days prior to his 75th birthday.

In 1986, the Everly Brothers were among the first 10 artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the ceremony they were introduced by Neil Young.

In 2004, Cathy’s Clown was ranked 149th on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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