Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Going to a Go-Go

Composed by Marvin Tarplin / Robert Rogers / Smokey Robinson / Warren "Pete" Moore

Song Review by

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 2:46
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1968 Motown 2:45
1957-1972 1972 Motown / Uni / Universal 4:20
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:45
Great Songs and Performances 1983 Motown 2:46
Compact Command Performances 1989 Motown
The 35th Anniversary Collection 1994 Motown 2:51
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
Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go 2001 Motown 2:50
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology 2002 Motown / Universal 2:46
The Live Collection 2004 Fontana/Hip-O Select / Universal 4:21
My World: The Definitive Collection 2005 Motown 2:46
Universal Masters Collection 2005 Universal Distribution
Legends 2006 Universal International 2:47
Gold 2006 Motown 2:47
50th Anniversary Collection 2006 Universal Distribution / UMVD 2:46
Gold: International Version 2008 Motown 4:42
Classic 2009 Motown / Universal 2:47
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Motown 2:51
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