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
B-side "How Can I Leave Her"
Released April 4, 1966
Genre Pop
Length 2:22
Label Columbia 43589
Writer(s) Paul Simon, Bruce Woodley
Producer(s) Doug Riley
The Cyrkle singles chronology
"Parking in the Kokomo"
"Red Rubber Ball"
"Turn-Down Day"

"Red Rubber Ball" is a pop song recorded by The Cyrkle, whose version reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and #1 in Canada.[2]

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). 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 Columbia picture sleeve issued with the "Red Rubber Ball" single is a very rare and oft-sought item amongst record collectors with near-mint copies fetching three figures.

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.

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ The Cyrkle, "Red Rubber Ball" U.S. chart position Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  2. ^ The Cyrkle, "Red Rubber Ball" Canadian chart position Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Red Rubber Ball", Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Classic Bands: The Cyrkle Retrieved September 11, 2015.
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