Tom Dawes met Don Danneman at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. They soon formed a band with Marty Fried and Earle Pickens called the Rhondells. A local attorney, Nat Weiss heard them and got Columbia records to check them out. Before they knew what was happening, they were signed to a contract by Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Not surprisingly, the newly named group (purportedly by John Lennon) opened for the Beatles on their ’66 tour.
They had immediate success with “Red Rubber Ball” written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley of the Seekers. They hit the charts six times, but by the early 70’s the magic was gone. Tom turned to writing jingles and delivered one that made him a icon in the world of commercials. He wrote the “Plop-Plop Fizz-Fizz” ditty for Alka Seltzer. He met his wife Ginny Redington Dawes at a commercial writing competition. They would go on to collaborate on many writing projects.
Tom suffered a stroke from after carotid artery surgery and passed away on October 13, 2007. In additon to his wife Ginny, Tom is survived by his sister, Robin Ducey. We’ve always been big fans of the Cyrkle so you’ll find all their charted songs in our play list “the Honor Roll of Hits”. Check us out here: TUNEDEX MEMORIES