Go Now

Album This song officially appears on the Wings Over America Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1976

Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Go Now” is a song composed by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett and first recorded by Bessie Banks, released as a single in January 1964. The best-known version was recorded by the Moody Blues and released the same year. […]

The Moody Blues version

“Go Now!” (adding an exclamation mark) was made popular internationally later in 1964 when the Moody Blues, an English beat group from Birmingham, recorded it, with Denny Laine on guitar and lead vocals. When Laine first heard Bessie Banks’s version, he immediately told the rest of the band that they needed to record the song.

The Moody Blues version – Promotion and chart success

At the time the single was released, it was being promoted on television with one of the first purpose-made promotional films in the pop era, produced and directed by their co-manager Alex Wharton (the father of DJ Sonny Wharton). The song reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in late January 1965. In the US, “Go Now!” did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 until mid-February 1965; it peaked at No. 10 and No. 2 in Canada. Billboard described the song as having a “rare beat” and “interesting gospel-like piano support.” The next chart successes for The Moody Blues were “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” in 1968.

In a 2018 interview with author Robert Rodriguez on the podcast “Something About the Beatles”, White Album engineer Chris Thomas recalled that George Harrison asked him to add a piano part to the Beatles song “Long Long Long” in the style of the Moody Blues’ version of “Go Now”.

Ultimate Classic Rock critic Nick DeRiso rated it as the Moody Blues’ greatest song, saying that “Laine’s scorching take on this old Bessie Banks track is as emotionally gripping as it is career-makingly important.” Classic Rock critic Malcolm Dome rated it as the Moody Blues’ 10th greatest song, saying that it’s “catchy yet also calmly intricate.”

The Moody Blues version – Later performances and popular culture

The Moody Blues had little success with singles after “Go Now!” in the mid-1960s, which led to Laine’s departure from the band, later being replaced by Justin Hayward. Bassist Clint Warwick had already departed the band by this time. Rodney Clark had replaced him for a while before they recruited John Lodge. With the new lineup, the Moody Blues continued to perform “Go Now!” for a short time, until they began writing their own material. Hayward sang the song during his first year with the band, and Ray Thomas attempted to sing it a couple of times.

Laine continued to perform the song in concert during his years in Wings. On June 21–23, 1976, at The Forum in Inglewood, California, Laine performed “Go Now!” with the rest of the group, accompanying himself on piano; Paul McCartney was on bass and vocals, Linda McCartney on vocals, Jimmy McCulloch on lead guitar, and Joe English on drums. This version of “Go Now” appears on the Wings Over America live album. […]

Last updated on June 16, 2024

Lyrics

We've already said goodbye.
And since you gotta go,
Oh, you better go now.
Go now, go now, go now,
Before you see me cry.

I don't want you to tell me
What you intend to do now.
How many times do I have to tell you darlin',
I'm still in love with you, dear.

We've already said so long.
I don't want to see you go.
Oh you better go now,
Go now, go now, go now,
Don't you ever try to tell,
Tellin' me that you really don't want to end this way.

How many times do I have to tell you, darlin'
I want you to stay.?I don't want to see you go,
But darlin, you better go now.

Since you've got to go
Oh you had better go now.
Go now, go now, go now,
Before you see me cry.

I don't want you to tell me
What you intend to do now.
How many times do I have to tell you
Darling, I'm still in love with you now.

I don't want to see you go
But, darling,
You'd better go now.

Officially appears on


Wings Over America

Official live • Released in 1976

3:47 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Tambourine, Vocals
Denny Laine :
Piano, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Howie Casey :
Saxophone
Joe English :
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard :
Saxophone
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard :
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey :
Trombone
Jack Maxson :
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh :
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976


Wings Over America - Archive Collection

Official live • Released in 2013

3:47 • LiveL1.2013 • 2013 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Tambourine, Vocals
Denny Laine :
Piano, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Howie Casey :
Saxophone
Joe English :
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard :
Saxophone
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard :
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey :
Trombone
Jack Maxson :
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh :
Assistant recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Simon Gibson :
Remastering

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976


One Hand Clapping (2 LP and 7”)

LP • Released in 2024

3:35 • Studio versionA • Another track that was on the original One Hand Clapping acetates and has been available unofficially for years, but is presented here in glorious sound quality on an official set for the first time.

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Geoff Britton :
Drums
John Barrett :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 27, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Early 2024
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

One Hand Clapping (Dolby Atmos)

Streaming • Released in 2024

3:35 • Studio versionB • 2024 Dolby Atmos mix

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Geoff Britton :
Drums
Giles Martin :
Mixing engineer
John Barrett :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 27, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Early 2024
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

One Hand Clapping (2 LP edition)

LP • Released in 2024

3:35 • Studio versionA • Another track that was on the original One Hand Clapping acetates and has been available unofficially for years, but is presented here in glorious sound quality on an official set for the first time.

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Geoff Britton :
Drums
John Barrett :
Assistant recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 27, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Early 2024
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Latest concerts where Go Now has been played


Concert For The People of Kampuchea

Dec 29, 1979 • United Kingdom • London • Hammersmith Odeon





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