There was a rumour that Elvis liked teddy bears and so thousands of fans sent him all sorts of the bears. He ended up giving them to charity. But that did not end the story of Elvis and the teddy bears.
He was working on a new movie, LOVING YOU, and one of the songs written especially for the movie and to capitalize on the teddy bear publicity was about the loveable bears. “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” was released prior to the movie and became one of the biggest hits of his career topping all of the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Charts.
Best Sellers In Sores Chart – 7/8/57 – 7 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 7/29/57 – 3 weeks at number one.
Billboard Top 100 – 7/15/57 – 7 weeks at number one.
While “Teddy Bear” was number one, Dick Clark’s AMERICAN BANDSTAND went national but Elvis was one of very few artists never to appear on the program.