Top Ten Countdown – Greatest Cover Songs # 8 (The Moody Blues – “Go Now”)

In at number 8

Authored by Dale Nickey:

Go Now – The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues brand is distinguished by the outstanding songwriting contributions of Justin Hayward and John Lodge. However, in February 1965 the original incarnation of the band scored a chart topper in Britain with a cover of “Go Now”. Originally a 1964 American soul pop single by Bessie Banks, “Go Now” petered out at # 40 on the Cashbox chart in America. It was a fairly dreary and unremarkable record until The Moody Blues (with future Wing-man Denny Laine on vocals) turned it into a noir masterpiece. It peaked at number 10 in America and established The Moody Blues in the top tier of British Invasion bands. After the success of “Go Now”, The Moody Blues returned to the cabaret circuit from whence they came until two new recruits (Hayward, Lodge) joined and catapulted the rudderless band to superstardom.

Watch this early video of “Go Now”. Then look at the Queen video for “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Discuss…


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