BILLBOARD #1 HITS- #7: “TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM”- THE TEDDY BEARS- DECEMBER 1, 1958

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Billboard #1 hits-#7- “To Know Him Is To Love Him”- The Teddy Bears. December 1, 1958- for 3 weeks. Written by Phil Spector. Genre: Pop. Released on Dore Records. Time: 2:12. B:Side: “Don’t You Worry My Little Pet.” Grade: A.

And enter Mr. Phil Spector. Phil Spector was a boy wonder- only 18 when he had his first hit- with ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him.” His father Benjamin committed suicide when Phil was nine years old and a few years later his mother moved the family to Los Angeles. Phil took what was written on Benjamin Spector’s tombstone “To Know HIm Is To Love Him”- and wrote this song- his first ever hit. The song would be covered and be hits with Peter And Gordon and Bobby Vinton. The Beatles covered it- their version appears on Anthology 1 as “To Know Her Is To Love Her”.  Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris would have a #1 country hit with it in 1987. It has been covered by countless other artists.

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7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS- #7: “TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM”- THE TEDDY BEARS- DECEMBER 1, 1958

  1. That is a poignant story, Phil losing his dad so young and using the epitaph to make a hit song from. It’s a wonderful song and sounds so good the way this trio sings it. I remember Perry Como, but I must have been so young when his show was on!

    • Perry Como- same here no memory of his song but he always got a lot of publicity in this area because he was from the Pittsburgh area- Canonsburg, PA same town as Bobby Vinton.

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