It’s Sarah McLachlen’s birthday, and we’ll get to her music a bit later. But for a wakeup call from the distant past, here’s a song that hit number one on this day 50 years ago, as performed on Hullabaloo. It’s the Moody Blues with “Go Now,” a record I bought at the time with my kiddie savings.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.