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. Weiss 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. 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 remaining 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 in 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 the 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, then disbanded in late 1967.
Both Dawes and Danneman became professional jingle writers following the demise of The Cyrkle. 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 7-Up Uncola song. In 1977 Dawes produced for Foghat.
1966 - "Red Rubber Ball" (#2 U.S., #1 CAN)
1966 - "Turn Down Day" (#16 U.S., #16 CAN)
1966 - "Please Don't Ever Leave Me" (#59 U.S., #31 CAN)
1967 - "I Wish You Could Be Here" (#70 U.S.)
1967 - "We Had A Good Thing Goin'" (#72 U.S.)
1967 - "Penny Arcade" (#95 U.S.)
1967 - "Turn Of The Century" (#112 U.S.)
1968 - "Reading Her Paper" Did not chart
1968 - "Where Are You Going?" Did not chart
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 a bankruptcy lawyer in Southfield, Michigan).
Earle Pickens - keyboards - (now a general surgeon in Gainesville, Florida) (first album)
Michael Losekamp - keyboards, vocals (second album)now a engineer for at&t and active musician in Columbus & Dayton Ohio
Jon Alexander - (born April 29, 1950), Brooklyn, New York, (keyboards)