My Little Red Book (Love)

27 JUNE 1966

The debut single from LA band Love was a take on the Bacharach/David song 'My Little Red Book'. It was the lead track on their self-titled debut album, and was lyrically interesting but maybe not the best or most musically-representative track on there.* They gave the song a rather stiff, harder-edged rhythm, and Burt Bacharach himself was not too impressed with it. 'My Little Red Book' reached a middling #52 in the Billboard Hot 100 charts during this week in 1966, the first of their numerous chart disappointments.

The song does have it fans, however, and featured over the end credits in the 2000 movie High Fidelity. And of course Love have long since earned a revered place in rock history.

* In my opinion, 'My Flash on You', 'No Matter What You Do' and 'Can't Explain' - all from the same album - might have had a better chance of commercial success as singles.

B-side: 'A Message to Pretty'
Recorded: Winter 1965, RCA Studios, Hollywood
Released: March 1966
Highest chart position: #52 (US)
Length: 2:38
Label: Elektra
Writers: Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer: Jac Holzman

My Little Red Book (Love)