Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Cyrkle - Neon - `69 - Columbia

i havent forgotten about the 60`S pop ! here is some old cyrkle for yaz - they dropped their red rubber balls & experimented a bit. fun ride - enjoy

The band was formed by guitarists and lead singers Don Dannemann and Tom Dawes (bass guitar), who met while studying at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. The other members were Earl Pickens on keyboards and Marty Fried on drums. They were originally a "frat rock" band called The Rhondells but were later discovered and managed by Brian Epstein, who was better known as manager of The Beatles. Epstein's partner was New York attorney Nathan Weiss, who heard the band in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Labor Day in 1965. He became their manager and renamed them. John Lennon provided the unique spelling of their new name, which is a reference to the circular roundabout located in downtown Easton. They were produced by John Simon.
In the summer of 1966, they opened on fourteen dates for the Beatles during their U.S. tour. On August 28, they headed the opening acts performing prior to The Beatles at Dodger Stadium. The other artists who appeared were Bobby Hebb, The Ronettes, and The Remains Before touring with The Beatles, The Cyrkle had a successful engagement at the Downtown Discotheque in New York City
The Cyrkle is best known for their 1966 song "Red Rubber Ball," which went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was co-written by Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel and Bruce Woodley of The Seekers. It was released on the Columbia record label. The band had one more Top 20 hit, "Turn-Down Day," later in 1966. After the release of their debut album, Red Rubber Ball, they recorded a second album, Neon, in late 1966, and a movie soundtrack, The Minx, in 1967. They followed that with various singles and then disbanded in late 1967.
Both Dawes and Danneman became professional jingle writers after The Cyrkle disbanded. Dawes later wrote the famous "plop plop fizz fizz" jingle for Alka-Seltzer. Danneman wrote jingles for Continental Airlines and Swanson Foods. He penned the original 7Up Uncola song In 1977, Dawes produced Foghat [ wiki]

Tom Dawes – (born July 25, 1944, Albany, New York – died October 13, 2007, New York, New York) – lead vocals, lead guitar, bass
Don Dannemann – (born May 9, 1944, Brooklyn, New York) – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Marty Fried – (born Martin Fried, 1944, Wayside, New Jersey) – drums, vocals – (now[when?] a bankruptcy lawyer in Southfield, Michigan)
Earle Pickens – keyboards (first album) – a general surgeon in Gainesville, Florida)
Michael Losekamp – keyboards, vocals (second album) – an engineer for AT&T and an active musician in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio)
Jon Alexander – (born April 29, 1950), Brooklyn, New York (keyboards)

There are some excellent cuts on this album as well as a few clunkers. During that time of the 60's many a band tried some sort of novelty and the Cyrkle was no exception. Problem Child and Weight of Your Words come to mind.
However there was some beauty. Michael Losekamp singing The Visit (She Was Here) is a great track. Maybe it should have been a release. I Wish You Could Be Here, In my opinion just never received the air time it should have. It is a beautiful song and Don Dannemans voice made a good song better.
Terry's Theme and Camaro give the album some good balance.
Don't Cry No Fears, No Tears Coming Your Way, might have been a top twenty song had it been released.
All in all it is a good album and a die hard Cyrkle fan would want this for their collection.

The Cyrkle - Neon - `69 - Columbia
all trax from wax - akashaman - 2010
MP3 @ 320 kbps - includes high rez cover scan

1. Don't Cry, No Fears, No Tears Comin' Your Way
2. The Visit
3. Weight of Your Words
4. I Wish You Could Be Here
5. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
6. Two Rooms
7. Our Love Affair's in Question
8. I'm Happy Just to Dance With You
9. Problem Child
10. Please Don't Ever Leave Me
11. I'm Not Sure What I Wanna Do