Hello Little Girl

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"Hello Little Girl"
Single by The Fourmost
B-side "Just In Case" (Boudleaux-Bryant)
Released 30 August 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded 3 July 1963, Abbey Road
Genre Merseybeat
Label Parlophone R5056
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
The Fourmost singles chronology
"Hello Little Girl"
(1963)
"I'm in Love"
(1963)

"Hello Little Girl" is the first song ever written by John Lennon. According to Lennon, he drew on an old "Thirties or Forties song" that his mother sang to him.[1] Written in 1957, it was used as one of the songs at the Beatles unsuccessful Decca audition in 1962. They recorded a home demo of it, with Stuart Sutcliffe on bass, which is available only on bootleg currently.[2]

In 1963, the English Merseybeat band the Fourmost made a recording of the song in the Abbey Road Studios (produced by George Martin) and released it as their debut single. Two weeks later Gerry & The Pacemakers also recorded a version of the song, but the version by the Fourmost was selected for the issue and reached number 9 in the United Kingdom.[3]

Albeit different than the previous version with Sutcliffe, the Beatles' version of the song can be found on Anthology 1, with John Lennon as the lead singer.

The Fourmost' version of this song is also on The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away.

The song appears in the 2010 biopic Nowhere Boy in a scene showing Lennon singing it for McCartney while recording it on a small reel-to-reel tape recorder. The songwriting credits in the movie specify John Lennon only.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sheff 2000, p. 172.
  2. ^ "Hello Little Girl". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Graham Calkin. "Hello Little Girl". JPGR. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Sheff, David (2000). All We Are Saying. St Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-25464-4.