Little Child

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"Little Child"
Song by the Beatles from the album With the Beatles
Released 22 November 1963 (mono)
30 November 1963 (stereo)
Recorded Abbey Road Studios
11–12 September and 3 October 1963
Genre Rock and roll
Length 1:48
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
With the Beatles track listing

"Little Child" is a song by the Beatles from their album With the Beatles. It was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for Ringo Starr, but Starr was instead given "I Wanna Be Your Man" as his album song.[1]

Background[edit]

McCartney describes "Little Child" as being a "work song", or an "album filler". He admits to taking the line "I'm so sad and lonely" from the song "Whistle My Love" by British balladeer and actor Elton Hayes.[2] The phrase "sad and lonely" also appears in the song "Act Naturally", which the Beatles covered (with Starr singing) for the album Help!.

Recording[edit]

Recorded in three different sessions, the first was 11 September 1963, where the Beatles recorded two takes. They later came back to it the next day, where they recorded 16 takes, including overdubs of piano from McCartney, and harmonica from Lennon. They later returned to it on 3 October, where they recorded three more takes.[3] According to the stereo mix, the harmonica pans from left to right for the solo. Then it pans back from right to left after the solo. The song's solo follows a "twelve-bar blues format that does not appear in the rest of the [song]."[4]

Reception[edit]

Music critic Richie Unterberger of Allmusic said of the song "It might have been one of the less sophisticated and impressive tracks on the record, but it was still pretty good" and that ""Little Child" might not be a work of genius, but it's sheer rock'n'roll fun"[5]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[1]

MacDonald said that the vocals were "credited to Lennon and McCartney, but more like the former double-tracked",[1] though McCartney can be heard at the end singing "oh yeah" on his own, so the original credit is probably correct.

Cover versions[edit]

Wreckless Eric covered the song with James Nicholls for Mojo's CD We're With The Beatles in 2013.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c MacDonald 2005, p. 96.
  2. ^ Miles 1997, p. 153.
  3. ^ The Beatles Bible 2009.
  4. ^ Everett, Walter. The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology. Oxford UP, USA, 1999, p. 16.
  5. ^ Unterberger 2009.
  6. ^ "We're With The Beatles - Track Listing | Mojo Cover CDs - The Definitive List". Mojo Cover CDs. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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