Come Go with Me
|"Come Go With Me"|
|Single by the Del-Vikings|
|B-side||"How Can I Find True Love"|
|Released||December 1956 (Fee Bee)/|
January 1957 (Dot Records)
|Label||Fee Bee, Dot|
|The Del-Vikings singles chronology|
"Come Go With Me" is a song written by C. E. Quick (a.k.a. Clarence Quick), an original member (bass vocalist) of the American doo-wop vocal group the Del-Vikings. The song was originally recorded by The Del-Vikings in 1956 and was released on Fee Bee Records.
Norman Wright was the lead vocalist on this song. When the group signed with Dot Records in 1957, the song became a hit, peaking at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also reached #2 on the R&B chart.
Written in just five minutes, "Come Go with Me" was recorded in the basement of Pittsburgh disc jockey Barry Kaye.
The song was later featured in the films American Graffiti (1973), Diner (1982), Stand by Me (1986), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), and Set It Up (2018). It was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981). It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.
The Beach Boys version
|"Come Go With Me"|
|Single by the Beach Boys|
|from the album M.I.U. Album|
|B-side||"Don't Go Near the Water"|
|Released||October 2, 1978 (album)|
November 2, 1981 (single)
|Producer(s)||Al Jardine, Ron Altbach|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
"Come Go With Me" was later covered by American rock band the Beach Boys and was included on their 1978 album, M.I.U. Album. Although not released as a single at the time, the song was included on a Beach Boys compilation album, Ten Years of Harmony, in 1981. After being released as a single to promote the compilation, it rose to No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1982. According to Al Jardine, he requested bandmate Brian Wilson to contribute the horn arrangement; Wilson devised it on the spot at Sunset Sound Recorders while dressed in a bathrobe.
Partial credits from 2000 liner notes.
The Beach Boys
- Brian Wilson - horn arrangement
- Mike Love - backing vocals
- Al Jardine - lead vocals, electric rhythm guitar, bass guitar
- Carl Wilson - backing vocals, electric lead guitar
- Dennis Wilson – drums
- Michael Andreas – saxophone, horn arrangements
- Charles Lloyd – saxophone
- Lance Buller – trumpet
- John Foss – trumpet
- Rod Novak – saxophone
- Charlie McCarthy – saxophone
- Bob Williams – saxophone
- Matt Jardine, Michael Sherry – handclaps, finger snaps
|Canada RPM Top Singles||20|
|Canada RPM Adult Contemporary||7|
|US Billboard Hot 100||18|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||11|
|US Cash Box Top 100||20|
The Quarrymen, a precursor to the Beatles, played "Come Go with Me" at the fete at St Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool, on July 6, 1957. This was the first time Paul McCartney heard John Lennon performing. McCartney noticed how Lennon did not seem to know all the words, so he was ad-libbing instead, with phrases like "come and go with me... down to the penitentiary" which he thought was clever. After the set, McCartney impressed Lennon with his guitar and piano skills, and Lennon invited McCartney to join the band. In 2000, several ex-Quarrymen performed a version of the song for the film Two of Us.
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