Dana Clark Music

Dana Clark: Piano, vocal. Horace Prewitt: Harmonica
Dana Clark

Story

During my years in Chicago I met many performers who were playing the same clubs I played.  One of them went by the name of Hank Gooday.  I never got to know Hank very well, but I found his name inspiring! Once I began snapping my fingers and singing "Good Day, Mr. Gooday," the rest of this song practically wrote itself.  The song sounds SO Chicago to me.  I've always had great fun with it.

Hank was a singer/guitarist who also played sax.  When it came time to record the song, I was determined include a sax solo by Hank.  I made arrangements with him to show up at the studio on several different dates, only to have him back out at the last minute.  I was puzzled!  The last time I called him I finally I got the real story.  "My girlfriend wants to know why you wrote that song about me," said Hank. 

I tried to reassure him that it was just a SONG, and that I had no ulterior motive in writing it.  I had no intentions of trying to follow through with the suggestions in the lyrics! 

He didn't believe me.  I gave up.  Horace Prewitt filled the gap by playing harmonica on the track.  When I listen back to recordings from that era, his harmonica is one of the things that I enjoy the most.  Thanks, Horace Monster!

Too bad, Hank Gooday, wherever you are!

One of the reviewers who wrote about the NEW SHOES album said he liked the song "Gooday," but he thought the name was too contrived.  I sent him a picture of Hank and he apologized!  Ha!

Lyrics

Good Day, Mr. Gooday Copyright 1979 Dana Clark CHORUS: Good day. Mr. Gooday What do you say, Mr. Gooday? Oh, by the way, Mr. Gooday You might as well make up your mind to stay 'Cause now that I've got you, you won't get away Good day, Mr. Gooday, she said with a smile She said, come here and sit by me for awhile You know, I was hoping we could have a chat You see I kinda like your cute little hat You say, Mr. Gooday, you're living alone You need a nice lady to take you home And maybe just a little tender loving care Well, right this way for a red hot affair CHORUS: Good day. Mr. Gooday What do you say, Mr. Gooday? Oh, by the way, Mr. Gooday You might as well make up your mind to stay 'Cause now that I've got you, you won't get away Well, you might think I'm outa line And you might say I've lost my mind But I know I like you I think you'd like me, too If you knew what I'd do to you, Mr. Gooday To you, Mr. Gooday This way, Mr. Gooday, now I'll lock the door And we won't have to hesitate anymore There's one thing I would like to suggest I think it might be time for us to get undressed CHORUS: Good day. Mr. Gooday What do you say, Mr. Gooday? Oh, by the way, Mr. Gooday You might as well make up your mind to stay 'Cause now that I've got you, you won't get away Good day, Mr. Gooday What do you say, Mr. Gooday? Good day, Mr. Gooday

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Larry Millas at Tanglewood Recording Studio, Brookfield,

Ill. Produced by Gary Filip. Dana Clark: Vocal, Fender-Rhodes piano, snaps. Gary Filip:

Acoustic guitar. Tampa Lann: Harmony vocals. Bob Parisio: Drums. Mike Potter: Bass

guitar. Horace Prewitt: Harmonica.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Larry Millas at Tanglewood Recording Studio, Brookfield, Ill. Produced by Gary Filip. Dana Clark: Vocal, Fender-Rhodes piano, snaps. Gary Filip: Acoustic guitar. Tampa Lann: Harmony vocals. Bob Parisio: Drums. Mike Potter: Bass guitar. Horace Prewitt: Harmonica.