christine~ (eppylover) wrote,

Another musician in Eppy's pop stable bites the dust

Tom Dawes

Birth: Jul. 25, 1944
Death: Oct. 21, 2007
Tom Dawes, founder and guitarist for The Cyrkle, dies Oct 21, 2007

He was the bass player, singer and founding member of the 1960's pop trio The Cyrkle.

First discovered by Brian Epstein's friend Nat Weiss, the band was originally called the The Rhondells. Brian and Nat got them a contract with Columbia Records in 1966. Eppy then arsked John Lennon for suggestions on a new name, and John came up with The Cyrkle. They were the only American artists ever under Brian's management.

They were the opening act for the Beatles' 1966 USA tour and were seen in person by TeenChristine on Aug 13, 1966. :D

(Song titles link to interesting YouTube vids)
They were best known for their song "Red Rubber Ball," co-written by Paul Simon, which went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966. Their next single, "Turn Down Day," was also a top 20 hit and the group was featured in the film "The Minx" in 1967.

After The Cyrkle broke up in 1968, Dawes wrote the commercial jingles "Plop-Plop-Fizz-Fizz, Oh What a Relief It Is" for Alka-Seltzer and "Coke Is It" for Coca Cola. He also wrote the off-Broadway musical, "The Talk Of The Town."

He died from complications of heart surgery.

Per: ~
Their biggest hit, Red Rubber Ball, was co-written by Paul Simon, for whom Dawes had played bass.
They were given the opportunity to record another song written by Simon, but turned it down for the appropriately-named Turn-Down Day.
The song they refused? The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy).
      (Much of the above wording culled and paraphrased from a post by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

Trivia: Brian Epstein played tambourine for the recording of Red Rubber Ball!

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