The Capitols

Cool Jerk

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A raucous jam written by Donald Norman Storball made special by the groups' enthusiastic vocals and Richard Mitchell McDougalls' mad honky tonkin' piano playing. It put the Capitals, led by Samuel George, on the map. The 1966 release was their second single and a big step up from their debut four years prior, the non-charting "Dog and Cat" (Karen Records/1962). They disbanded after "Dog and Cat" failed, but reunited as a trio consisting of Norman (guitar), George, and McDougall (keyboards) for "Cool Jerk." Willie Ford, an original member, joined the Dramatics some time after the Capitals' first single flopped. A huge record (number two R&B/seven pop) it has also been recorded by the California Raisins and the Go-Go's.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Dance the Cool Jerk 1966 Atco 2:47
This Is Soul [Atlantic] 1968
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
No Image 1979
Various Artists
MCA 2:45
Back to the '60s 1986
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Soul Shots Vol. 3: A Collection of Sixties Soul Classics 1987
Various Artists
Rhino 2:33
70 Ounces of Gold: Golden Hits 1988
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:25
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
Golden Classics 1990 Collectables 2:46
History of Rock: The 60s, Pt. 4 1990
Various Artists
Collectables 2:27
Groove 'N' Grind: 50's & 60's Dance Hits 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Son of Frat Rock 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Night and the City 1992
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:32
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York [Original Soundtrack] 1992
Original Soundtrack
Fox 2:39
Calendar Girl [Original Soundtrack] 1993
Original Soundtrack
Columbia 2:35
Good Old Rock & Roll: 28 Great Hits 1994
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:41
Do You Wanna Dance 1994
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:28
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:44
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Sterling Gold
Hard to Find Hits of Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Curb 2:41
Jock Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:36
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:28
Dick Van Dyke's Dance Party 1995
Various Artists
Nick At Nite / Sony Music Distribution 2:33
Hits from 1966 1996
Various Artists
Richmond 2:40
18 Soul Hits from the '60s 1996
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:25
Super Non-Stop '60s Dance Hits 1997
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 10: '60s Soul - Tell It Like It Is 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
Soul Collection [Madacy #1] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
Baby I Love You: '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records 2:44
25 Years of R&B: 1966 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:45
Shakin 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:42
1960's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
Blues Brother Soul Sister [Time Music] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:41
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:45
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1966 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 2:33
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:33
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 8: Soul Explosion 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:32
Bar-B-Que Soul-A-Bration 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:36
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Dance Dance Dance: Dance Hits of the 60's, 70's, & 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:43
Decades of Dance 60's 70's & 80's 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Land of 1000 Dances: The Ultimate Compilation of Hit Dances 1958-1965 1999
Various Artists
Ace 2:43
Pop in the 60's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 2:40
Greatest Hits of the 60's, Vol. 6 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:29
Rock N Roll Dance Party [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:32
Millennium Soul Hits 2000
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:31
Solid Gold Soul [Castle] 2000
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 0:00
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Hear Music
Let's Dance: Sixties Dance Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:43
In Crowd: the Ultimate Mod Collection 1958-67 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:31
This Is Soul: Soul for Dancing 2001
Various Artists
Pegasus 2:42
Absolutely the Best of the Sixties 2002
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:25
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
The Soul Box 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:30
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1966 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:32
History of Rock Box 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:27
Hal Lifson's 1966 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:42
25 Beach Music Classics 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:42
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 5 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:41
Sock It to 'Em Soul: 60s Club Soul Classics from the Vaults of Atlantic Atco Loma Reprise Stax & Warner Bros. 1963-1968 2004
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 2:33
60's Soul Mix, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 2:18
Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Mid-'60s 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:36
60's Soul Sessions 2004
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:31
Ultimate 60's Collection [Fuel 2000] 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:25
Simply Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:31
Rock Around the Clock: 36 All Time Rock and Roll C 2005
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:31
Dancin' on Sunshine: All Time Greatest Summertime Hits 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 2:41
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6: 1965-1967 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:36
Cool Jerk 2006 Collectables 2:44
That's Soul [Golden Stars] 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:31
R&B Chart-Toppers: Get on Up! 2006
Various Artists
Sterling 2:30
Best of 60s Soul [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:36
The Greatest Soul Music Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:44
Talk to Me 2007
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 2:33
No Image 2008
Various Artists
CMC Records 2:41
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:36
American Diner [Ministry of Sound UK] 2009
Various Artists
Inspired Distribution / Inspired Records / Ministry of Sound 2:29
Sweet Soul Music: 1966 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:40
100 Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 2:31
Mod Mania 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:33
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted [Music from the Motion Picture] 2012 Interscope 0:00
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:33
Saturday Night Party: Soul Party 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:31
Ultimate Collection: 60s Classics [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square Music / Universal 2:30
Jon Savage Presents 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded 2015
Various Artists
Ace / Kent 2:33
100 Greatest Northern Soul [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:31
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:31
Greatest Ever! Mod
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:29
Mod: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
Surfs Up! [Platinum]
Various Artists
Platinum Legends 2:43
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:34
The Sockhop Collection: Rescue Me
Various Artists
StarVista 2:26