This song was written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley. It was first recorded by The Cyrkle in 1966. It was released as a single with How Can I Leave Her on the B-side. It reached number two on the Billboard chart. The Cyrkle were managed by Brian Epstein and were one of the support acts on The Beatles’ 1966 American tour. This was their biggest hit at the time. The song has also been recorded by Neil Diamond, Cliff Richard, The Seekers, and Simon and Garfunkel among others. Liverpudlian singer Cilla Black recorded the song in 1969 for her album Surround Yourself With Cilla.
Now Hear This: Red Rubber Ball – Cilla Black (1969)