The Cyrkle – Red Rubber Ball
I could have sworn these guys were a British Invasion band, since they sounded like one, but the band came together when Tom Dawes and Don Dannemann attended Layfayette College in Easton, PA. It helps that they had a little help from a guy named Nat Weiss, who had a friend in Brian Epstein.(I don’t really have to explain who he is, do I?) It’s been suggested that John Lennon coined the band’s name, too, so chalk up another Brit Invasion connection.
This song was number two on the Hot 100 at some point in 1966, but it barely registered with me and I had forgotten it until my husband, who is almost five years older than I am, started talking about it when we listened to Dick Bartley‘s Solid Gold Saturday Night show every week in the mid-80’s. I immediately liked the breeziness and the positive attitude of “yeah, the worst is over now, the morning sun is shining like a red rubber ball.”
Come to find out…it was cowritten by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley (The Seekers.) No wonder it was so catchy and breezy!
Turns out, their other hit, Turn-Down Day, was not written by members of The Cyrkle, either, but if you remember the Alka Seltzer “plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is” ad, well, that was written by Tom Dawes.
Anyway, Red Rubber Ball has become one of my favorite sixties pop songs. I can’t listen to it without smiling a little.