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Don't You Worry My Little Pet
The Teddy Bears
The Teddy Bears were formed in the late 1950s by Phil "The Wall Of Sound" Spector. He wrote a song called "To Know Him Is To Love Him" and was able to land a recording session at ERA Records Dore label in August of 1958 to record it. The group consisted of Spector, Marshall Leib and Lead singer Annette Kleinbard and recruit, drummer Sandy Nelson who himself would later hit the charts with his single "Teen Beat". Lead singer Kleinbard would later change her name to Carol Connor and went on to write many hit rock and roll songs. Marshall Leib went on to sing with numerous other groups including "The Hollywood Argyles" of "Ally Oop Fame" and later turned his attention to A and R. A Hot Rod Fanatic, Marshall passed away on march 15th 2002 of a massive heart attack, while on his way to the "Flames Cruise Night" in Northridge California.
The group released a few more songs on the Imperial Label which did not score nearly as well as "To Know Him Is to Love Him" which managed to reach the number 1 position for three weeks in late 1958. The flip side "Don't You Worry My Little Pet" also written by Spector received a lot of airplay and previewed Spector's great WALL OF SOUND production technique that would become quite popular in the following years as he went on to produce numerous sixties groups such as "The Ronnettes". He would go on to produce over 25 top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965.
Sadly in 2007 Phil Spector was tried for 2nd degree murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra California Home. The trial ended in a Mistrial however he was later re-tried and in 2009 he was convicted of 2nd degree murder and given a sentence of 19 years. A charge that this writer thinks he was innocent of.
Spector was inducted into the Rock A nd Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989 as a non-performer for his work with The Righteous Brothers hit "You've Lost That Loving Feeling".
Phil Spector was and still remains a great contributor to Rock and Roll History.
Bopper Bob Hennessey