I'm a record collector with few boxes of old 45 and 78 rpm records, most of which have not been organized. The idea here is to catalogue a record a day ... get it all done little by little. It's going to be a fairly long ride and it will get even longer as I go, because I'm still looking for more of these little round black objects.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Record #0116: The Jerk / Forget Me – THE LARKS
Money 106 (original)
USA, Sep. 1964 Words & Music by:Don Julian Musicians: Don Julian (lead vocals), Ted Walters (first tenor), Charles
Morrison (vocals), Danny Evans (vocals) Recording sessions: Hollywood (?), CA, summer of 1964 Highest chart positions:US #7,
US R&B #1
group was formed as the Meadowlarks by Don Julian in the early 50’s, when most
R&B and doo-wop groups seemed to have bird names like “the Crows” and “the
Robins”. This group was basically Don Julian plus other members frequently joining
Julian & co. made their first record already in 1954, they were fairly
unknown nationally until “the Jerk” / “Forget Me” came out. The early 60’s scene
was filled will many dance crazes, like the Twist, the Watusi, the Mashed
Potato, the Monkey, the Dog, the Monster Mash, the Hully Gully, and the list
goes on. The Jerk became the latest dance craze in 1964-65 and once the Larks
had a hit record in their hands they tried to ride on with the same recipe. To
their disappointment their follow-up songs like “Soul Jerk”, and “Mickey’s East
Cost Jerk” didn’t really go anywhere.
Some of the Meadowlarks singles are really valuable. If you happen to find something like "LSMFT Blues / Pass the Gin" (1954, RPM 406) at a flea market or any other place with fair prices, go for it. That particular one is listed $1500 for a VG+.