Go-Go song revival a hit with fans

Go-Go song revival a hit with fans

CHICAGO -- The return of the White Sox to the World Series for the first time in 46 years has fans reminiscing about the days of the Go-Go White Sox team of 1959.

But it's not the first time this season that Sox fans have been feeling like it's 1959 again.

The resurgence of the catchy tune "Let's Go, Go-Go White Sox" at U.S. Cellular Field may also have something to do with it. The song, which was first recorded for the '59 team, has been a key rallying cry for Sox fans again this season after it was brought back during a Turn Back the Clock game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 18.

Jeff Szynal, the scoreboard operator for the Sox, dug into his old archives before the throwback game and found the old Captain Stubby and Buccaneers 45 that he had bought when he was 10 years old. Szynal knew the record would fit perfectly for the park promotion.

Along with some help from his video editors, Szynal put together a montage of clips from the '59 team along with the current Sox in black-and-white with some karaoke words to give it a nostalgic feel.

Knowing that the song was a natural rallying tune, Szynal waited for the right moment in the game to play the song, and it came in the ninth inning as the Sox were mounting a comeback against the Dodgers. The song worked its magic, as A.J. Pierzynski hit a walk-off homer in to lift Chicago to a victory.

An instant classic was born.

"Everyone was clapping and singing along to the song," Szynal said. "The reaction was so positive that we used it at other opportune times throughout the season."

The song was written by Chicago natives Walter "Lil Wally" Jagiello and the late Al Trace in 1959 as a tribute to their favorite team.

A record was created of the tune at the time, but sales were sluggish at best. The resurgence of this year's team along with the catchy video being played during this year's Sox games has generated a whole new crop of fans for the song.


LET'S GO, GO-GO WHITE SOX
"Let's Go, Go-Go White Sox" was written by Chicago natives Walter "Lil Wally" Jagiello and the late Al Trace in 1959 as a tribute to their favorite team.
Let's go, Go-Go White Sox
We're with you all the way
You're always in there fighting and you do your best
We're glad to have you out here in the middle west
We're gonna root root root root White Sox
And cheer you on to victory
When we're in the stands we'll make those rafters ring
All through the season you will hear us sing
Let's go, Go-Go White Sox
Chicago is proud of you
White Sox
White Sox
Go, go White Sox
Root root root for the White Sox
We'll cheer you on to victory
When we're in the stands we'll make those rafters ring
All through the season you will hear us sing
Let's go, Go-Go White Sox
Chicago is proud of you
White Sox
White Sox
Go, go White Sox
Let's go, Go-Go White Sox
Chicago is proud of you

"It's a great song," Szynal said. "It lends itself so well to rallying situations. And with the way the team has played so well this season, it seems like it has been the perfect fit."

Jack Dreznes, owner of Beverly Records on South Western which sells old vinyls, found a copy of the song back in the 1970s and contacted Jagiello to purchase as many copies as he could.

With a stock of around 200-300 copies of the song, Dreznes said that he would sell about 10 or 12 a year -- that is until this season when the song became a phenomenon again. The 50 copies that were left were gone by the middle of August and as calls kept coming, Dreznes made a deal with Jagiello to buy the song rights and burn copies of the catchy tune on CD for fans to purchase.

"It's been nothing but the White Sox every day, every hour around here," Dreznes said. "The response has been beyond my wildest expectations."

Sox fans can purchase the single online at beverlyrecords.com for $10, with one dollar from each purchase going to White Sox charities.

Though the song itself has qualities that have made fans fall in love with it, the real magic has been the use of the song to spark the team to victories. The fact that the song was brought back the same year that the Sox finally returned to the World Series isn't something that has escaped Szynal.

"It is ironic," Szynal said. "I was just happy that I could help bring some of the past back to Sox games, and now for the team to do the same thing is really special."

Most Sox fans hope that the magic doesn't stop now that the team has made it back to the Fall Classic, but Dreznes believes that won't be the case.

"It's brought back memories for me and all the other fans that lived through that '59 season," Dreznes said. "The song has been a good luck charm -- there's just something to it."

Kelly Thesier is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.