Going to a Go-Go

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Song Review by Andrew Hamilton

Nonstop propulsion and one of Motown's deadliest grooves with a horn arrangement that commands it like a cavalry of soldiers rumbling across the plains made this a fall/winter 1965 smash. The disco-before-its-time production is by Smokey Robinson and bass singer Warren Moore, with song credits assigned to Robinson, Moore, Bobby Rogers, and guitarist Marv Tarplin. Go-gos were hip places for young adults to boogie, and Smokey acquiesced and wrote a song about the venues. The venture bore fruit, soaring to number two pop but surprisingly scoring lower on the R&B chart at number 11. It faced stiff competition from its flipside, the melodic, full-of-sentiment "Choosey Beggar."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Going to a Go-Go 1965 Motown / Universal 2:46
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1968 Motown 2:45
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:45
Disco Tech, Vol. 1 [Motown] 1975
Various Artists
Great Songs and Performances 1983 Motown 2:46
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 1985
Various Artists
Disco Nights, Vol. 9: Motown Dance 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:47
The Best of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 1995 Motown 4:42
The Ultimate Collection [1998] 1998 Motown 2:49
Early Classics 1999 Karussell 2:45
Going to a Go-Go/Tears of a Clown 199? Motown 2:46
Tracks of My Tears 2000 Spectrum Music / Universal / Spectrum 2:47
In Crowd: the Ultimate Mod Collection 1958-67 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:48
Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go 2001 Motown 2:50
Motown Gold 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:50
A Year in Your Life: 1966, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:49
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology 2002 Chronicles / Motown 2:48
Motown Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:49
This Is the Modern World [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 2:50
Motown Classics: Gold 2005
Various Artists
Motown 2:48
Dancing in the Streets: Motowns Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:50
Legends 2006 Universal International 2:47
Gold: International Version 2008 Universal 4:43
Don't Quit Music: Motown Workout 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal / Universal Music 0:00
Classic 2009 Motown / Universal 2:47
Body By Jake: Motown Workout
Various Artists
Body By Jake 2:43
Frosh '60's
Various Artists
Universal 2:45
R&B Soul
Various Artists
Universal 2:46