Today In Pop Music History (12-7-2015)


The title was based on a gravestone saying, its writer became one of the 1960’s best-known producers and the group’s girl lead singer co-wrote a #1 hit in the 1970’s. All the result of this chart-topper…
“To Know Him Is To Love Him” by the Teddy Bears became the #1 song in the USA at this time in 1958…and it was based on the saying on the gravestone of the songwriter’s (Phil Spector’s) father. 
Spector went on to become a top producer in the 1960’s and into the early 1970’s. He produced the landmark 1963 Christmas LP “A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector.” He produced four other #1’s in addition to the Teddy Bears’ hit: “He’s A Rebel” (the Crystals, 1962), “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (the Righteous Brothers, 1965), “The Long And Winding Road” (the Beatles, 1970, co-produced with George Martin) and “My Sweet Lord / Isn’t It A Pity” (co-produced with the singer, George Harrison, in 1970). Spector was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989.
Sadly, Phil Spector was convicted of second degree murder in 2009 as the result of the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Spector, who turns 76 the day after Christmas, is serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life (according to Wikipedia).
Meanwhile, the Teddy Bears’ lead singer, known professionally as Carol Connors but whose real name is Annette Kleinbard, co-wrote the #1 hit, “Theme From Rocky (Gonna Fly Now)” by Bill Conti in 1977. She overcame a serious car accident in a story told by Casey Kasem on “American Top 40” during the Conti song’s chart run.
The Teddy Bears had only one more chart single after “To Know Him Is To Love Him” and both sides charted independently. “Oh Why” reached #91 in early 1959, while the B side, “I Don’t Need You Anymore,” reached #98.
“To Know Him Is To Love Him” became a top 40 remake twice in the 1960’s…but under a slightly different title. In 1965, the British duo of Peter and Gordon hit with the song as did Bobby Vinton in 1969. In both cases, the song’s title was “To Know You Is To Love You.”




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