Rubber Ball

Album: Absolutely The Best (1960)
Charted: 4 6
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  • Rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you
    Rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you

    I'm like a rubber ball
    Baby that's all that I am to you (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)
    Just a rubber ball
    'Cause you think you can be true to two (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)
    You bounce my heart around (you don't even put her down)
    And like a rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you
    Rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you

    If you stretch my love till it's thin enough to tear
    I'll just stretch my arms to reach you anywhere
    And like a rubber ball, I'll come bouncin' back to you
    Rubber ball, I'll come bouncin' back to you

    You bounce my heart around (you don't even put her down)
    And like a rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you
    Rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you
    (Bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)
    (Bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)

    I'm like a rubber band
    When on my shoulder you do tap (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)
    Just a rubber band
    Because my heartstrings, they just snap (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)
    You go and squeeze me till I'm all aflame
    (She calls you by some other guy's name)
    But like a rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you
    Rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you
    Rubber ball, I'll come bouncin' back to you

    Rubber ball, I'll come bouncin' back to you
    Rubber ball, I'll come bouncin' back to you
    Rubber ball, I'll Writer/s: Jimmy Cliff
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
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Comments: 7

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyFrom the "For What It's Worth" department, the week "Rubber Ball" peaked at #6 the Billboard's Top 10 was:
    At #1. "Wonderland By Night" by Bert Kaempfert
    #2. "Are You Lonesome To-Night" by Elvis Presley
    #3. "Exodus" by Ferrante and Teicher
    #4. "Last Date" by Floyd Cramer
    #5. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by Shirelles
    #6. the above "Rubber Ball"
    #7. "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals
    #8. "North To Alaska" by Johnny Horton
    #9. "Corinna, Corinna" by Ray Peterson
    #10. "You're Sixteen" by Johnny Burnette
  • David Roadman from Hyannis MaPlease donate to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of bobby vee who passed away 2016 of Alzheimer's!
  • Tony from Sydney, Australia"Rubber Ball" was originally titled "Rubber Band" and initially offered to Jimmy Jones' management to record as a follow-up to his "Good Timin". After they rejected the song, it was reworked by Pitney and picked up by Snuff Garrett for Bobby Vee to record at Liberty Records. The recording took place at a four song, 3 hour session at United Recording Studios in LA on August 12, 1960. The other songs recorded that evening were " Wishing" (originally unissued), "Poetry In Motion" and "Foolish Tears", both of which appeared on Vee's second LP. "Rubber Ball" marked the first use of overdubbing of Vee's vocal on one of his recordings and it became the song which made him an international star. The song made #6 in both the US and UK, whereas in Australia, it made it all the way to the #1 spot. Pitney had to use his mother's maiden name Orlowski on the song as he was a writer for BMI, whereas "Rubber Ball" was a song registered by Aaron Schroeder with the rival ASCAP organisation. Gene once claimed that after the song started to sell big time, he had to quickly fly home and teach his mother the lyrics just in case she was ever questioned about it!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 28, 1960, Bobby Vee performed "Rubber Ball" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV weekday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time "Rubber Ball" was in it's first week on Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #67, six weeks later it would peak at #6 {for 1 week} and it spent fourteen weeks on the Top 100...
    "Rubber Ball" was his second straight record to peak at #6, was preceded by "Devil or Angel"...
    Between 1959 and 1970 he had thirty-eight Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Take Good Care of My Baby", for 3 weeks on September 18th, 1961...
    Besides the above three, his three other Top 10 records were "Run To Him" {#2 in 1961}, "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" {#3 in 1963}, and "Come Back When You Grow Up" {#3 in 1967}...
    Bobby Vee, born Robert Thomas Velline, passed away at the age of 73 on October 24th, 2016...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 15th 1959, Bobby Vee, with the Shadows, performed on the tragic 'Winter Dance Party' tour for the first time...
    Six months later on August 25th, 1959 he would entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for the first time; "Suzie Baby" would stayed on the chart for four weeks, peaking at #77...
    "Rubber Ball" would peak at #6 on January 9th, 1961...
    Between 1959 and 1970 he had thirty-eight Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Take Good Care of My Baby" for three weeks in 1961...
    He just missed having a second #1 record when "Run to Him" peaked at #2* {for 1 week} in 1961...
    Bobby Vee, born Robert Thomas Velline, will celebrate his 72nd birthday in two months on April 30th {2015}...
    * The week "Run to Him" peaked at #2, the #1 record for that week was "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens.
  • Less from Accrington, EnglandCovered in 1961 by The Avons
  • Tony from Devon, EnglandAnne Orlowski was evidently Pitney's mother's maiden name and he used that as a pseudonym for copyright reasons.
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