JERK / Forget Me – Pye International November 1964
We had this on a Pye International UK copy. It reached No.7 in the USA chart; written by D Julian – but an obvious copy of a conglomeration of Curtis Mayfield’s songs and styles: much akin to Major Lance’s GIRLS. First played in Manchester at the ‘Wheel’ by Roger Eagle the DJ. A slow track and a slow burner, although often played it only took off in a big way once Roger had transferred his allegiance and record collection to the newly opening Blue Note Club, where it became extremely popular. Collectors scrambled to get a copy which by this time had been deleted for three years. Some battered copies turned up and at least one import.
Don started in the Doo Wop world in the mid 1950’s in the ‘Meadowlarks’
1964 they became a trio Don Julian and the Larks, then simply the Larks – a trio. Rapidly following their hit “The Jerk” with others all including the ‘Jerk’ theme: “Soul Jerk,” “Jerk Once More,” and “Keep Jerkin'” never became hits; they can all be found on the CD mentioned below. Don Julian can be seen on the DVD set ‘The Strange World Of Northern Soul’.
Also a remake copy of this record popped up under another name by Dee Dee Gartrell!
Groovin At The Go Go a fantastic track turned up in the later found by the Northern Soul Dj’s but it had no connection with the original ‘ Larks’ and this group with a similar name differentiated themselves as ‘The Four Larks‘.