Day 244: “Three Cool Cats”

When was it recorded?   Jan. 1, 1962

When was it first released, and on which album?   Nov. 21, 1995 on “Anthology 1”

Who wrote it?   Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

Have I heard this song before?   No

What my research dug up:

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller wrote “Three Cool Cats,” which was first recorded by American group The Coasters. If that rings a bell, it’s because I wrote basically the same thing about Day 207: “Searchin’.” The Coasters recorded their version Mar. 17, 1958, but the song didn’t see release until nearly a year later, in January 1959 as B-side to “Charlie Brown.”

Again, just like “Searchin’,” the Beatles recorded “Three Cool Cats” during their failed Decca Records audition. Prior to that of course, the song was a staple of their live shows. According to the Beatles Bible, “George Harrison took lead vocals, with McCartney and Lennon providing comedy voices in the middle sections.”

“Three Cool Cats” was one of the few Decca demos that appeared on “Anthology 1.”

The Beatles recorded “Three Cool Cats” once more during their Get Back sessions on Jan. 29, 1969, the day before the rooftop concert. This version was never officially released, but on the Internet, where there’s a will, there’s a way.




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