Everly's biggest one... -- Paul's first one... -- E Street's off 'n running...

Phil and Don, c 1963. (Keystone/Getty Images)

5/23/1960 (58 years ago today) - The Everly Brothers start five weeks at No. 1 with the classic "Cathy's Clown" single -- It was their third U.S. chart topper, and it was a huge hit in the U.K. as well, where it spent seven weeks at No. 1, along the way selling over eight million copies worldwide! You could identify Phil and Don just one line into any of their songs, they just simply sounded amazing, so over-the-top talented...

5/23/1970 (48 years ago today) - It's where we first heard "Maybe I'm Amazed", so that's more than good enough for us...: Paul McCartney's debut solo album, "McCartney", kicks off a three week run at No. 1 and apart from a few vocal contributions from wife Linda, Paul performed and recorded the entire album all by his lonesome: every vocal, every guitar and drum and yadda-yadda on here, it was all Paul! In an era when D.I.Y. wasn't being done, the record remains a remarkable achievement, as well as being one of the weirdest solo releases from any of The Fab Four. If you haven't listened to it lately, get ready for some bona-fide quirky tongue-in-cheekiness, and a not-that-subtle thumb-on-the-nose to the band he left behind. Great album!

5/23/1978 (40 years ago today) - In Buffalo, New York, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band play the first of what will be 117 shows on the "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" tour. That's right, one-hundred-and-seventeen scheduled live performances on the road! Lotsa water about to be guzzled down...

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