John Leslie McFarland (May 12, 1926 – January, 1971) was an American popular music composer and arranger.
Early in his career McFarland wrote several songs for Bill Haley and His Comets: "Rockin' Rollin' Rover", "You Hit The Wrong Note Billy Goat", co-writing "Teenager's Mother" with Curtis R. Lewis.
McFarland co-wrote the song "Stuck On You" with Aaron Schroeder for Elvis Presley. The song was Presley's first hit single after two years in the US Army, recorded March 1960. The single rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late-April of that year, and became Presley's thirteenth hit overall. "Stuck On You" was one of six Elvis Presley songs featured in the 2002 Disney movie "Lilo & Stitch".
McFarland arranged the songs on Aretha Franklin's debut album for Columbia Records Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo and wrote six songs for the album: "Won't Be Long", "Love Is The Only Thing", "Sweet Lover", "Right Now", "Maybe I'm A Fool", and "Blue By Myself".
In 1962 McFarland wrote four songs on Franklin's second studio album with Columbia, The Electrifying Aretha Franklin.
McFarland co-wrote the song "Little Children" with Mort Shuman for Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas. The song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in March 1964, and number seven in the US Hot 100 singles chart later the same year.
McFarland struggled with alcohol addiction throughout much of his career.