Go Now – The Moody Blues

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on May 4th of 1964 The Moody Blues are formed in Birmingham, England. The group was the brainchild of vocalist Denny Laine, who recruited Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graham Edge and Clint Warwick. Here from 1965 The Moody Blues first hit record was their cover of “Go Now”. Before The Moody Blues recorded it, this was an obscure soul single for Bessie Banks, who released it in 1964. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller produced her recording, and it was written by her husband Larry Banks . Denny Laine later recalled how the band came to cover this song: “It came in one of these suitcases full of records from America. This guy, James Hamilton, he was a friend of B. Mitchel Reed, who was a DJ, and he would send this stuff across. So I picked that one out especially because Mike Pinder was a piano player. We’d always get the gig where the piano would be out of tune and we’d get the slow handclap because they were waiting to tune the piano. Anyway, we did ‘Go Now’ because it was a song with a piano in it. “This was The Moody Blues’ second single, the first being the unsuccessful “Lose Your Money.” Their next few releases did not fare as well and the lead singer on this track, Denny Laine, whose pained vocals added so much to the single, left the band to set up his own Electric String Band in 1966. He later joined forces with Paul McCartney in Wings. The Moody Blues re-formed a short time later with new members Justin Hayward and John Lodge, who became the primary songwriters in the group. “Go Now” reached #1 in the UK and peaked at #10 in the US and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100.