Cathy's Clown

Composer: Don Everly / Phil Everly

New Riders of the Purple Sage

info Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, New Riders of the Purple Sage, 2020


The list of recordings below is not intended to be comprehensive.

no info Single, Everly Brothers, 1960
no info Date With The Everly Brothers, Everly Brothers, 1961
info Great! Great! Great!, Pat Boone, 1961
no info Jigsaw, The Shadows, 1967
info The Everly Brothers Show, Everly Brothers, 1970
no info Reba Live, Reba McEntire, 1989
info Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers On Warner Bros., Everly Brothers, 1993
info Classic Country: 1960-1964, Various Artists (Everly Brothers), 1999
info Chained to a Memory 1966-1972, The Everly Brothers, 2006
info The Price of Fame 1960-1965, The Everly Brothers, 2006
info Revolutions In Sound: Warner Bros. Records: The First Fifty Years (10 CD), Various Artists (Everly Brothers), 2008
info Revolutions In Sound: Warner Bros. Records: The First Fifty Years (USB), Various Artists (Everly Brothers), 2008


It seems likely that no Grateful Dead related performance of Cathy's Clown circulates on tape. It occurs on Deadbase set lists for 6/11/69 and 4/17/70 performances by Bobby Ace and His Cards From The Bottom. The information for these shows derives from lists kept by deadheads who attended the shows, not from tapes. It was also reportedly played at the 11/23/70 Hells Angels Benefit at the Anderson Theater, New York, but does not occur on circulating tapes of the show.

The Everly Brothers single was recorded RCA Studio B in Nashville was their first single on Warner Brothers label. Recorded on 18th March 1960 and released in May 1960 it was the first single to be No. 1 simultaneously in the US and UK.

Originally written as Catherine's Clown by Don Everly supposedly about a high school friend Catherine Coe. Sometimes seen credited to Don Everly sometimes to both Everly brothers. Phil Everly improved the lyrics in places but signed away his rights to the song to compensate for undeserved credits to him for other Don Everly songs.