The Cyrkle: Red Rubber Ball

 

 

THE CYRKLE  - RED RUBBER BALL. There was a lot of great music in the mid-60's, and one example is the Pop Hit by a group called "The Cyrkle,” out of Easten, Pennsylvania. The band was originally a "Frat Band" called, The Rhondells, and founded by: Don Dannemann, Lead Singer and Guitar, Tom Dawes, Bass, Earle Pickens, Keyboards and Marty Fried on Drums. In a stroke of luck they were discovered by Beatles manager Brian Epstein in Atlantic City in 1965.

 

The song, "Red Rubber Ball" was co-written by Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel and Bruce Woodley of The Seekers, and the Producer was the talented John Simon."Red Rubber Ball" went to #2 on the Hot 100 and sold over a million copies going Solid Gold; my impression is that it was such a great song with so many hooks that it could have been a hit by several other groups, but The Cyrcle were in the right place at the right time; and dig this, thanks to their manager they opened for The Beatles on 14 dates in the U.S.

 

Fun Fact: The spelling of the name was suggested by John Lennon and referred to a circular roundabout, Centre Square, in downtown Easton, PA. The Cyrkle would have one more Top 20 (#16) hit, "Turn Down Day" and disbanded late in the year. Dawes and Danneman became professional jingle writers after the group broke up, and Dawes later became known for writing the "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz" jingle for Alka-Seltzer.Scott found a nice clip of the boys doing their signature song on TV in 1966 with good picture and sound. Rock On! @therealdonrocks

 

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