About the song
The Teddy Bears were a short-lived but influential American rock and roll group best known for their 1958 hit “To Know Him Is To Love Him.” The group consisted of lead vocalist Annette Kleinbard, later known as Carol Connors, Marshall Leib, and Phil Spector, who also served as the group’s producer.
The song “To Know Him Is To Love Him” was written by Phil Spector, inspired by the inscription on his father’s tombstone. It became a massive success, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks and selling over one million copies. The song’s title was a phrase that Spector’s father had spoken to his mother and was inspired by a sense of loss after his father’s death.
The Teddy Bears’ style of music was a mixture of rock and roll and doo-wop, with Annette Kleinbard’s soulful voice at the forefront. Their music was characterized by its simple yet effective production, with Spector’s innovative use of studio techniques.
Despite their early success, The Teddy Bears were not able to sustain their popularity, and the group disbanded in 1959. However, their impact on the music industry was significant. Phil Spector went on to become one of the most successful and influential music producers of all time, creating the famous “Wall of Sound” production technique that revolutionized the recording industry.
“To Know Him Is To Love Him” has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Dolly Parton, Amy Winehouse, and Linda Ronstadt, among others. Its enduring popularity is a testament to the timeless appeal of The Teddy Bears’ music. The song’s emotionally poignant lyrics and Annette Kleinbard’s heartfelt delivery continue to resonate with listeners to this day.
The Teddy Bears may have only been together for a short time, but their impact on the music industry is undeniable. Their influence can be heard in the work of many artists who followed in their footsteps, and “To Know Him Is To Love Him” remains a classic song that continues to captivate audiences around the world.