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Little Children (song)

"Little Children"
Single by Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas
from the album Little Children (album)
B-side "They Remind Me Of You"
(Maxfield/McDonald) (UK)
"Bad to Me"
(Lennon/McCartney) (US)
Released 1964, October 1987 (reissue)
Genre Pop music, Beat music
Label Parlophone R5105
Writer(s) J. Leslie McFarland/Mort Shuman
Producer George Martin

"Little Children" is a song written by J. Leslie McFarland and Mort Shuman. It was recorded by Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, and reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in March 1964, and number seven in the US Hot 100 singles chart later the same year.[1] The B-side of "Little Children", "Bad to Me" peaked at number nine on the US charts as well.

The lyric concerns a man's entreaties to his girlfriend's young siblings not to reveal his courtship of their elder sister and to leave them alone. As such, it was a departure from the traditional love songs hitherto recorded by Kramer (sometimes supplied by Lennon & McCartney).[2] When offered another Lennon and McCartney song ("One and One Is Two") for his next single by the manager of both groups, Brian Epstein, Kramer turned it down and chose "Little Children" instead after a search for suitable material from music publishers.

Notes

Preceded by
"Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Cilla Black
UK number-one single
March 19, 1964 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles


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