0580 Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers (1960)

Phil and Dom Everly.

Phil and Don Everly.

Don Everly and Phil Everly wrote this song in 1960. They recorded it as The Everly Brothers that same year. They released it as a single with Always It’s You on the B-side. The single reached number one on both the Billboard chart and R&B chart. It also reached number one in the UK. The Beatles were big fans of The Everly Brothers. George Harrison saw them perform live at The Empire Theatre in April 1960.

This song became part of their repertoire and they played it during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The Everly Brothers’ vocal style was an influence on John and Paul’s. This song was an influence on the vocal line in The Beatles’ song Please Please Me.  Paul says “take it Phil” in one take of The Beatles’ song Two Of Us (released on Anthology 3) and mentions “Phil and Don” in Wings’ song Let ‘Em In. The song was also part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire and was sung by Lu Walters. A home recording made by them in 1960 was released in 2012 on the album Live At The Jive Hive March 1960.

Now Hear This : Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)
Let ‘Em In – Wings (1976)
Two Of Us – The Beatles (1996)
Cathy’s Clown – Rory Storm And The Hurricanes (2012)