Go Go Go (Down the Line)

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"Go Go Go (Down the Line)"
Single by Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings
from the album She Cried
A-side "Ooby Dooby"
Released May 1956
Recorded March 27, 1956, Memphis, TN
Genre Rock and Roll, Rockabilly
Length 2:11
Label Sun Records
Writer(s) Roy Orbison, Billy Pat Ellis
Producer(s) Sam Phillips
Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings singles chronology
"Tryin' to Get to You"
"Go Go Go (Down the Line)"
"Rock House"

"Go Go Go (Down the Line)" (often credited as "Down the Line") is a song by Roy Orbison, released in 1956. This was the first song written by Orbison.[1]

The song was released as a Sun Records single in May, 1956, Sun 242, Matrix # U-193, as the B side to "Ooby Dooby" with the backup group The Teen Kings.[2][3] This was the first release by Orbison on Sun Records.

The song was also released under the title "Down the Line." Sam Phillips, the owner and founder of Sun Records, bought out Orbison's songs on Sun Records and placed his name on the songwriting credits although Orbison was the actual songwriter.

It has been covered by Mickey Gilley in 1964, The Hollies in 1965, Cliff Richard and The Drifters in 1959, and Billy Fury.[4] Ricky Nelson recorded a version of the song for his 1958 album, Ricky Nelson. A version by Johnny Cash appears on Unearthed.

Jerry Lee Lewis released the song as a Sun single (Sun 288) in February, 1958 backed with "Breathless."[5]

Orbison performed the song on his Cinemax cable concert special Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night in 1988 featuring an all-star cast of guest musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, James Burton, and T Bone Burnett. The song also appeared on the album from the special A Black & White Night Live released in 1989.