May 23 – Cathy’s Clown, My Boy Lollipop, Pat Garrett, Doctorin’ The Tardis

1960

Everly Brothers song Cathy’s Clown begins five weeks on the charts at US#1.

Also a UK#1, it was the country rock duo’s biggest single & the last of eleven US#1 hits. Their move to Warner from Cadence Records cost them access to the songwriting team which had written most of their big hits … Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. That and enlistment in the Marines in 1961 cost them their momentum.

‘Clown’ was covered by Dee Dee Ramone in 2001.
▷Songfacts ▹

1964

 SKA 

17-year-old Jamaican Milly Small‘s cover of My Boy Lollipop enters the charts.
 
Her ska/bluebeat version of the song by members of The Cadillacs was precocious, topping the charts in Britain and Ireland, and becoming a US#2 — giving a big boost to Island Records. ▷Songfacts ▹
 
▷AMG bio ▹

1973

Release of the ‘last’ western, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, by Sam Peckinpah (*), who was raised on a ranch.
 
The 1973 edit is done without Peckinpah and fails. A 1988 director’s cut is widely respected. The film is also important because the film score is the first written by a popular artist … Bob Dylan. The July 1973 album includes US#12 single Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.
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1988

Release of UK#1 single Doctorin’ the Tardis (UK,NZ#1) by The Timelords aka ‘Time Boy’ and ‘Lord Rock’…
 
Their June 1987 debut album — 1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu or JAM — was also produced with ‘extensive unauthorised samples’.
 
Later as KLF (‘Kopyright Liberation Front’) they (Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond) explain how the song is a mashup — and become infamous for burning a million quid and for The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way). In all they make 7 albums by 1997.
 
 The Manual  ( Lazlo FTP archives fansite ▷KLF at Tumblr ▹

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