Monday, September 21, 2009

"Come Go with Me"

"Come Go with Me" is a song written by C. E. Quick (A.K.A Clarence Quick, an original member of the Del-Vikings). The song was originally recorded by the Del-Vikings in 1956. Released in April of 1957, it became a big-seller on Dot Records, reaching number four on the Billboard charts in the United States. The Del-Vikings' recording was featured in the films "American Graffiti" and "Stand by Me". The song was later covered by the American pop band The Beach Boys and was released on their 1978 album MIU Album. In January, 1982, the single became a top twenty hit, reaching number eighteen in the United States. In 2004 Rolling Stone ranked the doo wop-styled song #441 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was part of the Quarry Men's live stage act from 1957 to 1959.

The song bears a noticeable resemblance to the 1954 hit "Oop Shoop" by (Shirley Gunter and) The Queens, especially in two crucial hooks: the end of the bridge melody and the backing vocal riff at the end of the choruses.


When Paul McCartney saw John Lennon for the first time in 1957, Lennon was performing this song with his band the Quarry Men. According to McCartney's recollection in the Beatles Anthology, Lennon, who did not recall much of the song's lyrics, inserted lyrics from blues songs (including the line, "Down, down down to the penitentiary.")

The TV show Saved By The Bell also covered this song when Zack Morris and the gang performed this song at The Max, their local hangout.

In summer 2007 the Liverpool Echo released a one-off music magazine, Sound 08. Given away free was a CD containing The Coral covering the track.


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