Written and first recorded by The Beatles (1962).
Hit version by Cilla Black (UK #35 1963).
From The Beatles Bible: “One of Paul McCartney’s earliest musical compositions, ‘Love Of The Loved’ was recorded by Cilla Black and released as a single in 1963. The song was part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire for a time, and The Beatles often played it at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was one of 15 songs performed at their audition for Decca Records on 1 January 1962, but The Beatles’ version of ‘Love Of The Loved’ is the only original composition from the Decca audition not to have been made commercially available.
“According to Mersey Beat founder Bill Harry, one night at Liverpool’s Blue Angel jazz club he asked John Lennon if The Beatles had any songs suitable for local singer Beryl Marsden to record. Lennon replied that Love Of The Loved would be ideal for her, but Brian Epstein later vetoed the suggestion, as he wished to give Lennon-McCartney songs to his own roster of acts. Newly signed by Epstein, Cilla Black recorded ‘Love of the Loved’ as her debut single in September 1963, with George Martin producing.”
Cilla Black, “Love of the Loved” (1963):