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The Teddy Bears
"To Know Him Is To Love Him"

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track listing
  • To Know Him
    Is To Love Him
  • Don't Worry
    My Little Pet
  • Wonderful
    Lovable You
  • Say You'll Be Mine
  • Oh Why
  • I Don't Need You
  • If You Only Knew
  • You Said Goodbye
  • Don't Go Away
  • Seven Lonely Days
  • If I Give My Heart
    To You
  • My Foolish Heart
  • Little Things
    Mean A Lot
  • Long Ago And
    Far Away
  • Tammy
  • Unchained Melody
  • True Love
  • To Know Him Is
    To Love Him (Live)

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    "To Know Him Is To Love Him"

    The Teddy Bears were famous for one song: A song that was written by Phil Spector in 1958, "To Know Him Is To Love Him." The song has an interesting story: The phrase "to know him is to love him" came from his mother, regarding Spector's late father. Spector took the phrase, and turned it into a song that would become part of Rock N Roll History. This album was reissued recently; it is the original 1958 release.

    The typical 1950s sound is heard on "Don't Worry My Little Pet," with its male-dominated vocal (Marshall Leib). Likewise, the 1950s doo wop is heard on "Wonderful, Lovable You."

    "Say You'll Be Mine" has a more surf sound, being this album was recorded in 1958, it was a sound that was yet to come. It's mostly instrumental, with some "wah wah" vocals.

    "Oh Why," "I Don't Need You Anymore" (both written by Spector), and "If You Only Knew" features Annette Bard on vocals. They are all nice, very well-done 1950s ballads. "If You Only Knew" has the somewhat same accompanient, musically and vocally as "To Know Him Is To Love Him." Another tune written by Spector also has a great early 1950s sound, "Don't Go Away."

    "You Said Goodbye," written by Spector, has a great sound; its the typical heartbreak tune, and the sound can be compared to certain tunes from the 1950s movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, The Lords of Flatbush.

    "Seven Lonely Days" is very upbeat, and can be compared that of Les Paul & Mary Ford, easily fitting the pre-Rock Adult Contemporary era/format. "If I Give My Heart To You" has the piano standing out on this particular tune, as it would be used in much later years and decades in country music.

    If you're familar with the format of "pre-Rock Adult Contemporary" (music of the early 1940s to early 1955), there are a number of songs that easily fits this format: "My Foolish Heart, "Little Things Mean A Lot" (Kitty Kallen reached #1 with this song in 1954), "Tammy" (Debbie Reynolds reached #1 with this song in 1957; the difference between Reynolds and The Teddy Bears version is the orchestration. String accompaniment was used on Reynolds version, where the guitar is mostly its main instrument on The Teddy Bears version). "True Love" also fits the pre-Rock AC category.

    "Long Ago And Far Away" has well-done doo wop background vocals, having the typical early 1950s Rock sound. "Unchained Melody" maybe a bit uptempo than the famous Righteous Brothers version, yet this song is a classic in any shape or form.

    The closing tune is a live version of "To Know Him Is To Love Him." Incredibly, there is hardly a difference than the live version as compared to the studio version, yet the live version does have a more mono sound, and audience applause at the beginning and end.

    The songs that features Annette Bard's vocals are the standouts. This album as a whole easily fits the early years of Rock and Roll, and most notably, the pre-Rock to early years of Rock and Roll radio formats. The song "To Know Him Is To Love Him" is easily recognized as one of early Rock's most memorable tunes, yet the artists known as The Teddy Bears may not be as easily recognized. Also, the song was written by Phil Spector, who would later become a dominant record producer in the 1960s, creating a "wall of sound" that would make famous the careers as The Ronettes and Darlene Love. It would also be an inspiration to Brian Wilson, where he incorporated Spector's sound into the music of The Beach Boys. In later decades, the trio of Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris would take "To Know Him Is To Love Him" to #1 on the Country chart.

    For the early discoverer of Rock music, it's fun to listen to other tunes by The Teddy Bears, other than their most famous hit, "To Know Him Is To Love Him." To some, they maybe considered a one-hit wonder. In a sense that is true in only looking at what became most popular in their career. The album To Know Him Is To Love Him is the original 1958 release that would feature their only #1 hit, and become part of Rock and Roll History.

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