Carol Connors: "[Speaking of Elvis,] you know he was my first love. The reason was 'To Know Him Is To Love Him'. He loved the sound of my voice. When we finally met, I was brought up to the house, and the first question out of his mouth was, 'Why did you name the group The Teddy Bears?' I said, 'Because of you,' because we were kids, and he had a record called (singing) 'Just wanna be your Teddy Bear,' and we loved that song. So when we were going to name the group, that was the name that stuck. I ended up dating him for nine months. We used to harmonize together."
""The Teddy Bears' only major hit, "To Know Him Is To Love Him", which Spector wrote specifically to showcase Connors' singing voice, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1958. Immediately upon hearing the song, 23 year old Elvis Presley, who was then serving in the United States Army in Germany, requested his aides to contact her, eventually getting his wish to meet her personally when he returned to the US, in March 1960. A serious relationship between them followed.""