Go Now (3:11)

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“Go Now” was made popular internationally later in 1964 when an English beat group from Birmingham named The Moody Blues recorded it, with Denny Laine on guitar and lead vocals. When Denny Laine first heard Bessie Banks’s version, he immediately told the rest of the band that they needed to record the song. The song reached number one in the UK in late-January 1965[4] and number ten in the US.[5] A short film clip used to promote the single used a striking visual style that pre-dated Queen’s similar Bohemian Rhapsody video by a full decade.

Laine continued to perform the song in concert during his years in Wings, and it is included in the group’s Wings over America live album. He also sang the song at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986 raising money for the local children’s hospital.

The Moody Blues had little success with singles after “Go Now” in the mid-‘sixties, which led to Denny Laine’s departure from the band, later being replaced by Justin Hayward. Bassist Clint Warwick had also departed the band at this time, and he was immediately replaced by John Lodge. With the new lineup, the Moody Blues continued to perform “Go Now” for a short time, up 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 himself.[6]

The next chart successes for The Moody Blues would be with “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” in 1968.

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  • marjo47

    Good one maybe not bluesy but good though.

    11 Nov 5:50pm Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Could this be the only "bluesy" number they had? Funny how things changed...for the better!

    5 Apr 5:25pm Reply
  • robertwneal

    Pre Lodge and Hayward tune. This is when it all began for their 'long journey'.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sofielio

    Even though it is so different to what came after, love the sound of this song.

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • lihei

    Greatest piano solo EVER!!

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TribesOfTheMoon

    Great song! I love the deep backing vocals and the piano composition.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Great Moody Blues track.

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • moonlitenights

    hits home ;(

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • robertwneal

    Now that is a 'real' piano they are banging away on way back then. Had this vinyl once upon a time. It had another great tune on it; A'int Necessarily So. BTW Angie Baby, Justin wasn't even in the band back then if I am correct. Justin and John came on aboard when Denny left.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Angelina56

    The original " Moody Blues" line up including Denny Laine,,,produced an accolade personified !!! xxXXxx. Marymessenger.

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JerryZola25

    nice one

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Wow, there's an oldie.

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Ezekiel22

    A+

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Oregon_Myst

    One of their best ♥ ♥ ♥

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Marymessenger12

    Love the " Moodies" 60,s material as much as their more recent tracks. Denny Laine had a very distinctively clear voice.

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Wow 1965 flashback...sing it,Denny Laine!

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • abunono

    Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow!

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • spangles96

    Does it get any better than this. BRILLIANT

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • zombiegorennoir

    We've already saaaaid...goodbyeeee.

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • april1960

    OMG every time I hear this song I feel like my heart is about to be CRUSHED..And it usually does...That Dance with me by Orleans..If I hear those two bk to bk I am DONE..RUN

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
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