1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Teddy Bears Phil Spector, tenor, Carol Connors, lead, Marshall Leib, tenor, Harvey Goldstone, bass
Famous POP hit during the 50s: To Know Him Is to Love Him 1958
This was the only top-ten hit recording for the Teddy Bears.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1958 - 1959 Record Label: Dore
Following his graduation from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Phil Spector put together his first pop trio with lead singer Carol Connors (born Annette Kleinbard) and Marshall Leib. Phil Spector, a songwriter, guitarist, and back up singer was born in 1940 in the Bronx, New York. To Know Him Is To Love Him was his first recorded composition—written as a tribute to his father who committed suicide during his childhood—his grave marker read ‘To Know Him Was to Love Him.’ After a hasty audition, the trio recorded the song at Gold Star Studios (Bass Harvey Goldstone was serving in the Army Reserve during the recording). Released on ERA’s Dore label, in two months To Know Him Is To Love Him began its rise to #1. At age seventeen, Phil Spector had written, arranged, played, sung, and produced the best-selling record in the country. Subsequent releases by the Teddy Bears did not sell and within a year they disbanded. Phil Spector though would produce dozens of hits in the sixties and beyond.