Red Rubber Ball

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Not to be confused with Rubber Ball.
"Red Rubber Ball"
Single by The Cyrkle
from the album Red Rubber Ball
Released April 4, 1966
Genre Pop
Length 2:22
Writer(s) Paul Simon / Bruce Woodley

"Red Rubber Ball" is a pop song that became a hit (going to #2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and hitting #1 in Canadian RPM 100 national singles chart)[1] in the 1966 version recorded by The Cyrkle.

The song is sung from the perspective of a man who has recently exited an unfulfilling relationship in which his significant other never gave him much attention or affection. He now looks forward to the future with a positive attitude.

It was co-written by Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) and Bruce Woodley (of The Seekers).[2] According to Cyrkle guitarist Tom Dawes, Simon offered it to The Cyrkle when they were opening for Simon and Garfunkel on tour.[3][4] The song's tracks were recorded in stereo, with the bass, lead guitar, and percussion on the right track, acoustic guitar and electric organ on left, and the vocals on both.

The Seekers also recorded "Red Rubber Ball" for their 1966 album Come the Day (US-title: Georgy Girl). It also appears on 'Disc Three – 1966 – 1967' of the CD box set The Seekers Complete.

In an interview on The Colbert Report, Paul Simon said he wrote "Red Rubber Ball" while living in England to get a £100 advance from The Seekers. This came in response to Colbert's request for a song that was "on the cusp" and barely made it into his songbook Lyrics 1964–2008.[5]

Cover versions[edit]


Preceded by
"Paperback Writer" by The Beatles
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
July 11, 1966 (one week)
Succeeded by
"The Pied Piper" by Crispian St. Peters