Three Cool Cats
- George Harrison - lead guitar, lead vocal
- John Lennon - rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney - bass
- Pete Best - drums
The Coasters, a seminal rock and roll group from the 1950's with their own recognizable sound and almost comic good humor, popularized Three Cool Cats. Writing credits go to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It came out in 1959 on the b-side of the Coasters' smash hit, Charlie Brown.
The Beatles liked the fun inherent in the lyrics of Three Cool Cats, and so they sang it as part of their performance set in Liverpool and Hamburg. When it came time to record an audition for Decca records, Three Cool Cats was one of the songs included. The January 1, 1962 recording has George singing lead vocals. Pete Best played the drums. The Beatles recorded this song only one other time after the Decca audition. That was on January 29, 1969 as part of the so-called Get Back sessions. This was one day before the well-known "Rooftop Concert" at Apple studios. The 1962 recording was later released as part of the Anthology 1 collection.