Girls! Girls! Girls!– November will be song with girls names in the title- starting November off with–“Hello Mary Lou”- Ricky Nelson. Ricky Nelson falls into a rare category- a teen idol who had actual talent. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. “Hello Mary Lou” was written by Gene Pitney- and first recorded by Johnny Duncan in 1960- but the version of the song that is most remembered was the hit version by Ricky Nelson released in 1961. “Hello Mary Lou” was released as part of a Double-A single- with “Travelin’ Man” which went to #1. “Hello Mary Lou” also made the Top 10 peaking at # 9. In the UK “Hello Mary Lou” just missed the top spot peaking at #2. The song is noted for the guitar solo by the under rated James Burton.
In 1962 Gene Pitney got around to recording it- on his debut album. Creedence Clearwater Revival would cover it on their Mardi Gras album in 1972 and in 1985 The Statler Brothers would cover it and turn it into a country hit #3.