Although pop music annals record Tom Dawes as a member of folk-pop combo the Cyrkle, which scored a 1966 smash with the classic "Red Rubber Ball," he enjoyed even more memorable moments as an advertising jingle writer, most notably composing Alka-Seltzer's immortal "Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz" theme. Born in Albany, NY, on July 25, 1943, Dawes co-founded the Cyrkle while a student at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Originally dubbed the Rhondells, the group (which also included singer/guitarist Don Danneman, keyboardist Earl Pickens, and drummer Marty Fried) emerged as a fraternity circuit favorite, and while playing a Labor Day 1965 gig in Atlantic City captured the attention of New York City attorney Nathan Weiss, who recommended them to his business partner, famed Beatles manager Brian Epstein. No less than John Lennon suggested the name ...
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