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Remember this top hit?

MENTION them today and the chances are that no-one apart from the dedicated followers of early rock 'n'roll will have heard of them.
Yet for a brief moment they were one hit wonders, revelling in their new found glory on both sides of the Atlantic.
Since those early days two of thm have sunk into obnscurity. The third - well he's another story...
It all began at a Los Angeles high school in 1958. Three youngsters got together and decided they could put on an act as good as those who were hitting it big on the recording scene. They were soon proved right.
In August that year the trio, by now known as The Teddy Bears, had recorded a song on their own and managed to sell it to an LA recording company. It immediately became a massve hit.
The number was To Know Him Is To Love Him, a slushy love song with a steady rock beat. It has since been used by many other artists, but no-one has ever presented it with the feeling and emotion - not to mention the success - of The Teddy Bears.
After their one big hit the group drifted into rock history. Except, that is, for the third member.
His name was Phil Spector and in the so-called Swinging Sixties he was to transform pop music.
By then Spector was involved in record production and with some of the groups who were to become major international recording stars - among them The Crystals, Ronettes, Righteous Brothers and Shirelles.
And it was Spector who developed the famous "wall of sound," still today an influence on many artistes.
*Remember The Teddy Bears? Do they bring back a memory to you? Your e-mails are welcome.

Written by The Editor - 15/05/2003 16:46:52

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