Annette Kleinbard was the female vocalist in The Teddy Bears, who, along with Phil Spector and Marshall Leib, had a 1958 hit called "To Know Him Is To Love Him". She later changed her name to Carol Connors and went on to co-write The Ripchords' 1964 hit "Hey Little Cobra", "Gonna Fly Now" (The Theme From Rocky), as well as the 1980 Billy Preston / Syreeta Wright duet "With You I'm Born Again".
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R.I.P. Phil Spector (1939-2021)
A complicated man (to say the least) who scored his first hit record while still in high school – drawing his inspiration for the song from his father’s tombstone (which read: “To Know Him Was…
The Story Behind the Song – “For What It’s Worth”
The song that put Stephen Stills and his band, Buffalo Springfield on that map was inspired by the now almost-forgotten Sunset Strip riots of 1966. By the mid-sixties, L.A.’s Sunset Strip had become the nucleus…
Rock’s Top 10 B-Sides
In the heyday of Top 40 radio, when the 45 was king, record labels typically put all their effort into only one side of single, the A-side. B-sides were considered throwaways. The Beatles were the…Read more...
The Essential Boomer Album Collection - Part 7
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye (1971) The late 60’s and early 70’s were not good times for Marvin Gaye: tax trouble with the IRS, a failing marriage to the “boss’ daughter” (Anna Gordy), a…Read more...
The Songs Lennon & McCartney Gave Away
While we all marvel at the astounding success the Beatles had when Beatlemania broke big throughout the world – landing multiple songs of theirs in the charts simultaneously, what makes their success even more remarkable…
The Rock Christmas Album That Started It All
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU (1963) Around our house, it’s just not Christmas until we play the classic album A Christmas Gift for You. Technically, the album is credited to “Various Artists,” but we all…Read more...