Red Rubber Ball By The Cyrkle Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox


Note: Originally posted Oct 20, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

– Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

Leonard Cohen re Red Rubber Ball: “I loved it, still do.”

Red Rubber Ripples:
Paul Simon, The Cyrkle, John Simon, Leonard Cohen

The following excerpt is from I’m Your Man by Sylvie Simmons (2012):

John Simon was twenty-six years old, “just another junior producer among many at Columbia Records – That is, until I made a lot of money for them with ‘Red Rubber Ball.‘” The song, cowritten by Paul Simon … and recorded by the Cyrkle, whom John Simon produced, was such a big hit that even Leonard was aware of it. (“I loved it,” said Leonard, “still do.”)  As a result John Simon earned “… some decent artists to produce,” first Simon & Garfunkel, then Leonard Cohen. [emphasis mine]

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