Come on Do the Jerk

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"Come on Do the Jerk"
Single by the Miracles
from the album Greatest Hits Vol.2
B-side "Baby, Don't You Go"
Released November 20, 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A), 1964
Genre Soul
Length 2:53
Label Tamla
T 54109
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin, Robert Rogers, Ronald White
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
Robert Rogers
the Miracles singles chronology
"That's What Love Is Made Of"
(1964)
"Come on Do the Jerk"
(1964)
"Ooo Baby Baby"
(1965)

Come on Do the Jerk (Tamla 54109) was a 1964 song recorded by R&B group the Miracles on Motown Records' Tamla label subsidiary. A single-only release, it did not appear on any original Miracles studio album, and was the group's last single release of 1964.[1]

Co-written by Miracles members Marv Tarplin, Bobby Rogers, Smokey Robinson, and Ron White, "Come On Do The Jerk" charted at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at # 22 on the Cash Box R&B chart.(Billboard had temporarily suspended its R&B chart at this time). An instructional dance number, this song was one of several songs based on the jerk, a very popular 1960s "dance craze".[2]

Described by Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson as the intended follow-up song to the group's 1963 million-selling smash "Mickey's Monkey" the previous year, "Come On Do the Jerk" was actually recorded in a similar tempo. As the song begins, longtime Miracles drummer Donald "Spike" Whited and Miracles member, guitarist Marv Tarplin begin the song, while Smokey, as the song's narrator, offers the invitation:

  • Come on everybody, gather 'round
  • get hip to the new sensation
  • There's a brand new dance coming to your town
  • and it's sweepin' across the nation
  • Come on do the jerk

The other Miracles, Ronnie White, Claudette Robinson, Pete Moore, and Bobby Rogers, echo Smokey's lead, with chants of the song's title, in classic call and response style. Then, midway through the song, Smokey's role changes... from narrator to dance instructor, as he instructs the listener on the Jerk's simple dance steps:

  • Now, snap your back...
  • like a bullwhip crack...
  • now jerk your hip....
  • let your backbone slip...

The Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, performed a cover of this song on a 1964 telecast of the ABC TV series, Shindig!.(available on YouTube).Video on YouTube[3]

The Miracles themselves performed Come On Do The Jerk on a telecast of the syndicated Detroit - based teen dance party show Teen Town .[4] The song appears on several Miracles "Greatest Hits" collections, having first appeared on their album, Greatest Hits Vol.2

The song's flip side, "Baby Don't You Go", was also a popular regional hit.[5]

Personnel: The Miracles[edit]

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