The Teddy Bears were formed in high school by Phil Spector. By 1958 they were a trio consisting of Spector, Marshall Leib, and Annette Kleinman.
Spector’s father had the words “to know him is to love him” on his tombstone and so a hit song was born. The song was released on the new Dore label and first reached the Hot 100 on September 22, 1958. On December 1, it reached number one and remained there for three weeks.
Phil Spector went on to become famous for his ‘wall of sound” and was elected to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a producer. He also worked with the Beatles both individually and collectively. His recent legal problems brought a sad end to his career.
Annette changed her name to Carol Connors and made her living as a songwriter. Her most famous composition was the Oscar nominated “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky).” She also was possibly the only female to write a hit hot rod song when her “Hey Little Cobra” by The Rip Chords reached number four on the Hot 100.