I've been obsessively hoarding "country go go" records for several years now.
Of course, given the fact that there were very few such records ever made, the hoarding opportunities are really pretty limited to begin with. Still, there's something inherently fascinating about the absurdly improbable collision of two worlds which could scarcely be more different.
As with country twist records, country go-go records are propelled by the engagingly offbeat intersection of the world of country music with the youth pop culture explosion of the early 1960s and 70s. For further explorations on the topic of country music's assessment of a rapidly changing world, check out the country songs about hippies here and here. More of those are on the way, I promise.
Bernie Waldon - Bright Lights And Go Go Girls (2:19) No two ways about this record opens with the finest verse in all of country music: "Bright lights and go go girls / Country music, that's my world / Lots of booze to start my night out right." OK, I'm exaggerating....but only slightly.
The Great Pretender - Really Big Country Go-Go Shew (3:25) The Great Pretender was actually country singer Mitchell Torok. Fortunately, Torok was not one to watch idly while a good bandwagon rolled by. Really Big Country Go-Go Shew gave him the opportunity to impersonate not only Ed Sullivan, but also country greats such as Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Tex Ritter, Hank Snow and Roger Miller.
Joanna Neel - Daddy Was A Preacher But Mama Was A Go-Go Girl (2:30) If you've ever caught Southern Culture On The Skids live, chances are pretty decent that you've heard them uncork this crowd-pleaser. God bless 'em for keeping the country go-go sub-genre alive. You can buy their version over on their web site.
The Norm Peterson Road Show - Daddy Was A Preacher But Mama Was A Go-Go Girl (1:53) This track was harvested from an LP released on the Jo-Mar label, which was based in the tiny town of Hebron, North Dakota, population 900. The band doesn't look like much perhaps (see photo below) but they sure pounded out a pretty foot-stomping version of this classic.
Don Hagen - Bright Lights A Go Go (1:51) I don't know about you, but I have nothing but admiration for anyone who recorded TWO country go-go numbers.
Lonzo & Oscar - Ants-A-Go-Go (2:43) My wife likes to mock this song because it is, in truth, even goofier than the typical country go-go effort. I suspect that she really likes it just as much as I do and that she's just messing with me.
Leb Brinson - Hobo-A-Go-Go (1:53)
Bozo Darnell - My Go Go Girl (2:14)
Mary Price - Go-Go Girl (1:53)