"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.[1] 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.[2] When the group signed with Dot Records in 1957, the song became a hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] 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).[4] 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).[5] It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[6]

"Come Go With Me"
Single by The Del-Vikings
B-side"How Can I Find True Love"
ReleasedDecember 1956 (Fee Bee)/
January 1957 (Dot Records)
Format7" (45 rpm)
LabelFee Bee, Dot
Songwriter(s)Clarence Quick
The Del-Vikings singles chronology
"Come Go With Me"
"Whispering Bells"

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #449 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[7]

The Beach Boys versionEdit

"Come Go With Me"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album M.I.U. Album
B-side"Don't Go Near the Water"
ReleasedOctober 2, 1978 (album)
November 2, 1981 (single)
LabelCaribou Records
Songwriter(s)Clarence Quick
Producer(s)Al Jardine, Ron Altbach
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"The Beach Boys Medley"
"Come Go With Me"
"Getcha Back"

"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 #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1982.[8] According to Al Jardine, he requested bandmate Brian Wilson to contribute the horn arrangement, devising it on the spot at Sunset Sound Recorders while dressed in a bathrobe.[9]


The Beach Boys

Other versionsEdit

Dion covered a version of the song on his 1962 album, Lovers Who Wander. Released as a single (Laurie 3121), it reached #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963.[12]


  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 14 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' roll in the late fifties. [Part 4]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  2. ^ Hinckley, David. "Fox's 'Glee' rehabilitates 1980s radio hits like 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' by Bonnie Tyler". nydailynews.com.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 172.
  4. ^ "Set It Up (2018) Music Soundtrack & Complete List of Songs - WhatSong Soundtracks". What-song.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "A Basic Record Library: The Fifties and Sixties". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  6. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 90. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  7. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 51.
  9. ^ Scoppa, Bud (May 2016), "I Know There's an Answer...", Uncut
  10. ^ "'70s Beach Boys Songs Brian Didn't Sing On". smileysmile.net.
  11. ^ "Carl & The Passions "So Tough" / Pet Sounds". smileysmile.net.
  12. ^ Dion's charting singles Retrieved 09-23-11

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