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The Teddy Bears To Know Him is to Love Him

The Teddy Bears To Know Him is to Love Him

Pop Music

The Teddy Bears were high school friends Phil Spector, lead singer Annette Kleinbard, Marshall Leib, and Harvey Goldstein, who left the group early on. The story goes that The Teddy Bears named themselves after the Elvis Presley song “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.” This was Spector’s only group of which he was a member.

The song was written by the famous and infamous music industry legend Phil Spector, inspired by words on his father’s tombstone. He was only 19 years old at the time of this record, and he showcases  Annette Kleinbard’s lovely voice. “To Know Him is to Love Him” has The Teddy Bears as well as Sandy Nelson on drums. It was a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, staying in the top ten for 11 weeks and on the charts for 23 weeks.

There have been numerous covers of the song, including the Beatles (“To Know Her is to Love Her”), Peter and Gordon, Bobby Vinton, Jody Miller, and the trio of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

After her time with The Teddy Bears, Annette Kleinbard changed her name to Carol Connors and has had a big career in the entertainment business as a singer-songwriter. Among her credits is co-authorship of the “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme song from the film Rocky. She also sang “We Are One” in the film Orca. She has written and performed in many films over the decades.

Here are the lyrics to “To Know Him is to Love Him” by The Teddy Bears:

“To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
Just to see him smile, makes my life worthwhile
To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
And I do…

I’ll be good to him, I’ll bring love to him
Everyone says there’ll come a day when I’ll walk alongside of him
Yes, just to know him is to love, love, love him
And I do…

Why can’t he see, how blind can he be
Someday he will  see that he was meant for me

To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
Just to see him smile, makes my life worthwhile
To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
And I do…”

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