John Lennon Made The Cyrkle   2 comments

Cyrkle - Red Rubber Ball Album CoverIt was the first record I bought.

The band was called The Cyrkle. That was the name given them by John Lennon … well sources are a bit conflicted, actually. It appears that the name came from Nathan Weiss, who managed them … and he was the partner of Brian Epstein, who managed The Beatles. Weiss  had signed the band when they were working the club circuit as The Rhondells. Weiss decided their new name would be The Circle, and it was John Lennon, apparently, who came up with the idea to change from The Circle into the infinitely more interesting name, The Cyrkle.

The Players

  • Don Danneman, guitar & vocals
  • Tom Dawes, bass guitar & vocals
  • Earl Pickens, keyboards
  • Marty Fried, drums


September 6, 1965, discovered playing in Atlantic City on Labor Day

1966, opening act on 14 dates of The Beatles tour, including the August 28 date at Dodger Stadium

1968, the band broke up

The Hits … not quite a one hit wonder

1966, “Red Rubber Ball,” # 2 Billboard … written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley (of The Seekers)

1966, “Turn Down Day,” # 16 Billboard

The Albums

1966, Red Rubber Ball

1967, Neon

1969, The Minx (movie soundtrack)

Cyrkle - Beatles PosterAfter The Music Stopped

Well, it really didn’t stop. Dawes and Danneman both wrote advertising jingles.

Dawes wrote one of the most famous jingles of all time: Alka-Seltzer’s “Plop plop fizz fizz.”


Music To My Ears

Blitz! Interview

Thomas Dawes, obituary

2 responses to “John Lennon Made The Cyrkle

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  1. Cool bit of music history, Henry.

  2. Marty is my cousin. His drumming inspired my music career at a very young age (which continues to this day, though I soon switched to guitar). Very gratifying to hear their songs again on Sirius and to see them written about- thanks so much for posting!

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