Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Groovin' At The Go Go

In my recent post on Tittyshakers , I mentioned the link between Go Go dancing and soul music.

According to Wikipedia, Go Go Dancing originated as follows:

Go-Go dancers were originally 1960s-era miniskirted clubgoers, dancing at clubs such as the Whisky a Go Go (one of the first to have dancers in elevated cages), wearing go-go boots.

The etymology of Go-Go may be the noun go, one of whose meanings is "power of going, energy, vigor". Or it may come from the names of the nightclubs, which ultimately come from the French à gogo, meaning "in abundance, galore".

Go Go dancers featured in clubs where soul music was played but the word Go Go also pervaded many songs which attempted to cash in on the craze. This linkage between dance styles is common in soul music from the Twist up to the Funky Chicken and there are 100's of songs referring to dances such as The Skate, The Boogaloo, The Monkey etc.

Below I have delved into my archives and linked up some pictures with songs which refer to the Go Go phenomena.

Larks Groovin' At The Go Go Harthon

Andre Williams Soul Party A Go Go Avin s

Lee Rogers Go Go Girl D-Town

Ideals Go Go Gorilla Satellite
Checkerboard Squares Double Cookin' (Strings A Go Go) Villa
Here are some pages you may wish to explore with different takes on Go Go:


  1. Anonymous9:52 AM


    Thanks for the link (The Hipster Go-Go Dancers). The web-site has now moved, if you would like to update your link, to: Little Miss Go-Go! ...

    Great pics on your page.

    Thank you


  2. Anonymous2:26 AM

    there was a magazine that covered the go go girls in the detroit area called Panarama. Anyone know what happened to those pictures?