The Moody Blues appeared at the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester the week they released the record and gave an excellent performance. The supporting act was a group called The Others – can’t remember what they were like and they seem to have disappeared off the radar.
Bessie Banks’ original version is an exceptional recording. However, the Moody Blues did make a very good cover, although dyed in the wool soul fans preferred the original at the time.
Bessie Banks Go Now was a massive hit at Manchester‘s soul club venues whilst everywhere else you would only hear the Moody Blues. At Manchester’s Blue Note club we played her 1967 track I Can’t Make It Without You, but it never caught on until years later to re-surface at Wigan Casino.
She did another really great track in 1976 “The Best Is Yet To Come” which is loved to this day on the Northern Soul Scene: quite right, its FABULOUS!
In 1963 Bessie released Do It Now / (You Should Have Been A) Doctor USA Spokane label
In 1964 At RED BIRD / Tiger Records Go Now / It Sounds Like My Baby‘and Blue Cat. Tiger and Blue Cat were both under the Red Bird banner.
In 1966 Go Now was re-released on Soul City label
In 1967 Bessie Banks joined Verve Records and released I Can’t Make It (Without You Baby) / Need You.
1971/2 Volt Ain’t No Easy Way / Try To Leave Me If You Can.
1976 Baby You Sure Know How To Get To Me. / Try To Leave Me If You Can (Betcha Can’t Do It).
And the beautifully put together:
1976 – Don’t You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come – BRILLIANT
I Cant Make It Without You – FABULOUS
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