Little Girl (Syndicate of Sound song)

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"Little Girl"
Little Girl 1966 single.png
Single by Syndicate of Sound
from the album Little Girl
Released1966 (1966)
Format7-inch single
RecordedJanuary 9, 1966
GenreGarage rock[1][2]
LabelHush, Bell
  • Don Baskin
  • Bob Gonzalez
Producer(s)Garrie Thompson
Syndicate of Sound singles chronology
"Prepare for Love"
"Little Girl"

"Little Girl" is a popular song recorded by the California group the Syndicate of Sound, and written by Don Baskin and Bob Gonzalez of the band. It reached the US national pop charts in June 1966, peaking at #5 on Cash Box and #8 on Billboard.


After winning a Bay Area "Battle of the Bands" contest in 1965, the Syndicate of Sound recorded a single "Prepare For Love", which was ultimately unsuccessful. Don Baskin and Bob Gonzales then wrote "Little Girl", which was recorded for Hush Records and released in early 1966. After becoming a regional hit around the San Jose, California area, Bell Records picked it up for national distribution, where it charted as high as #8 on Billboard. Bell Records then offered them an album contract. Prior to going into the studio, Larry Ray was replaced on lead guitar by Jim Sawyers. The album was recorded in three weeks, after which the band embarked on a nationwide tour supporting among others, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Young Rascals, and The Yardbirds.

Other recordings[edit]

The Residents as part of their Third Reich 'n Roll album of 1976.[3] </ref>

British group The Banned had a UK hit with it in 1977, reaching #36 in December.[4][5]

The Dead Boys on their first album Young, Loud and Snotty, released in 1977.[6]

Australian group Divinyls released their own version of the song titled "Hey Little Boy" in 1988. It went to #23 on the Australian charts.[7]

R.E.M. played the song in their very early shows.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harry Sumrall (May 1994). Pioneers of Rock and Roll: 100 Artists Who Changed the Face of Rock. Billboard Books. p. 51. ISBN 9780823076284.
  2. ^ Fontenot, Robert. "Garage Rock's 10 Biggest Hits of All Time". Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  3. ^ The Third Reich 'N' Roll (1976) - (, The Third Reich 'N' Roll 1.Swastikas On Parade (17:30)
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 11
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 42. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ AllMusic - Dead Boys, Young Loud and Snotty, AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Divinyls - Hey Little Boy". Retrieved 2017-01-31.

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