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Rare recording of Moody Blues performing their number one hit "Go Now". Brian Epstein is the guy sat on the stool pensively watching them. This is a really nice song but with no hint of what was about to come...

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"Go Now"
Single by The Moody Blues
from the album The Magnificent Moodies
B-side"It's Easy Child"
"Lose Your Money"
ReleasedNovember 1964
Label UK Decca Records
USA London Records
Writer(s)Larry Banks, Milton Bennett
ProducerAlex Wharton
The Moody Blues singles chronology

"Go Now" is a 1964 song composed by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett. It was first recorded by Bessie Banks, and most successfully by The Moody Blues.

Bessie Banks

The song was first recorded by Larry Banks' former wife, Bessie Banks. A 1962 demo recording by Bessie of the song was heard by songwriters and record producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who re-recorded it and released it in early 1964 on their Blue Cat label, the R&B/soul imprint of Red Bird.[1][2] Her version reached number forty on the Cash Box R&B singles chart[3]. The original Bessie Banks version was included on the soundtrack to the film, Stonewall.

The Moody Blues

"Go Now" was made popular internationally later in 1964 when an English beat group 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, he immediately told the rest of the band that they needed to record the song. The song reached number one in the UK and number ten in the US. A short clip used to promote the video uses 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 later singles after "Go Now", 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.[4] The next successes for the Moody Blues would be 1967's "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon."

At the time the single was released it was being promoted on TV with one of the first purpose-made promotional films in the pop era (produced and directed by their co-manager Alex Wharton), very much before The Beatles did with the promotional films of their singles "Rain" and "Paperback Writer", both released on 1966.

On June 21, 22, and 23, 1976, at The Forum in Inglewood,CA., Denny Laine performed "Go Now" with the band Wings, along with Paul McCartney on piano and vocals, Linda McCartney on vocals, and Jimmy McCullough on lead guitar. This version of "Go Now" appears on the Wings Over America live album.

In January 1997, "Go Now" was released on The Best of the Moody Blues; its release on this album was the first time it had been released on a Moody Blues compilation album. "Go Now" was also released on the subsequent Moody Blues' two-disc compilation album Anthology.

The version by The Moody Blues was famously used on the satirical British television show Spitting Image in a scene concerning then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

"Go Now" was performed by Denny Laine with The Fab Faux on December 11, 2010 at Terminal 5 in New York City.


  • Denny Laine: guitar, Lead vocal
  • Clint Warwick: bass guitar, backing vocal
  • Mike Pinder: piano, backing vocal
  • Ray Thomas: tambourine, backing vocal,
  • Graeme Edge: drums, percussion, backing vocal

Other versions

"Go Now" was later recorded by Ozzy Osbourne in 2005 for his Under Cover compilation album and by Simply Red in 2008 for their Simply Red 25: The Greatest Hits compilation.

The song is also in the musical Return to the Forbidden Planet.

See also

  • List of number-one singles from the 1960s (UK)


  1. ^ Ady Croasdell, Sleevenotes for Larry Banks' Soul Family Album, on Corey Banks website
  2. ^ Jay Warner, American Singing Groups: a history from 1940s to today, p.204
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 45. 
  4. ^ Moody Blues: Classic Artists (2006) (Directed by Jon Brewer)

External links

  • The Moody Blues: Go Now! at Discogs (list of releases)
  • The promotional film of "Go Now"
  • Review of 'Go Now'


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