In a 1980 interview with David Sheff of Playboy magazine, John Lennon cited "Hello Little Girl" as his first attempt at songwriting. The first recording of the song dates from mid-1960 during a recording session at Paul McCartney's house using home equipment. The result is hardly hi-fi, but the song is certainly recognizable.
The Beatles also performed and recorded the tune for their ill-fated 1 January 1962 audition for Decca Records. This recording features not only better sound quality, but also performance quality: the tempo is much faster and the vocals are much more rehearsed and accurate - in short, despite the failed audition, the Decca recording is a much more commercially viable pop song. The band has grown a great deal in the intervening year and a half.
The tune remained unreleased, however, until The Fourmost recorded it during the summer of 1963, and released it on August 30.
Sheff, David, G. Barry Golson ed. The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon & Yoko Ono. The Final Testament. Berkley Books, New York, NY, 1981.
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