To Know Him Is to Love Him

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"To Know Him Is to Love Him"
To Know Him Is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears.jpg
Single by The Teddy Bears
B-side "Don't You Worry My Little Pet"
ReleasedSeptember 1958 [1]
Recorded1958
Genre Pop
Length2:18
Label Doré
Songwriter(s) Phil Spector [2]
The Teddy Bears singles chronology
"To Know Him Is to Love Him"
(1958)
"I Don't Need You Anymore"
(1959)

"To Know Him Is to Love Him" is a song written by Phil Spector, inspired by words on his father's tombstone, "To Know Him Was to Love Him." [3] It was first recorded by the only vocal group of which he was a member, [2] the Teddy Bears. Their recording spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1958, [4] while reaching No. 2 on the UK's New Musical Express chart. [5] Peter & Gordon and Bobby Vinton later had hits with the song, with its title and lyrics changed to "To Know You Is to Love You". In 1987, the song was resurrected by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris, whose Trio recording topped the U.S. country singles chart.

Contents

The song is in 12/8 time.

Chart performance

Peter and Gordon version

"To Know You Is to Love You"
To Know You Is to Love You - Peter & Gordon.jpeg
Single by Peter and Gordon
from the album True Love Ways
B-side "I Told You So"
Released1965
Recorded1965
Genre Pop rock
Length2:33
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Phil Spector
Producer(s) John Burgess
Peter and Gordon singles chronology
"True Love Ways"
(1965)
"To Know You Is to Love You"
(1965)
"Baby I'm Yours"
(1965)

In 1965, Peter and Gordon released a version of the song, titled "To Know You Is to Love You". Peter and Gordon's version spent 10 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 5, [9] while also reaching No. 5 on Canada's " RPM Play Sheet". [10] In the United States, the song spent seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 24. [11]

Charts

Chart (1965)Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA) [12] 5
UK Singles Chart 5
Canada – RPM Play Sheet [13] 5
US – Billboard Hot 10024

Bobby Vinton version

"To Know You Is to Love You"
To Know You Is to Love You - Bobby Vinton.jpeg
Single by Bobby Vinton
from the album Vinton
B-side "The Beat of My Heart"
Released1969
Recorded1969
Genre Pop
Length2:21
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Phil Spector
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"I Love How You Love Me"
(1968)
"To Know You Is to Love You"
(1969)
"The Days of Sand and Shovels"
(1969)

In 1969, Bobby Vinton released a version of the song, titled "To Know You Is to Love You". Vinton's version spent seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 34, [14] while reaching No. 8 on Billboard 's Easy Listening chart, [15] No. 16 on Canada's RPM 100, [16] and No. 6 on RPM's Adult Contemporary chart. [17]

Charts

Chart (1969)Peak
position
US – Billboard Hot 10034
US – Billboard Easy Listening8
Canada – RPM 10016
Canada – RPM Adult Contemporary6
Canada – CHUM 30 [18] 14

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris version

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"To Know Him Is to Love Him"
To Know Him Is to Love Him - Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris.jpeg
Single by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris
from the album Trio
B-side "Farther Along"
ReleasedJanuary 26, 1987
Genre Country
Length3:48
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Phil Spector
Producer(s) George Massenburg
Dolly Partonsingles chronology
"We Had It All"
(1986)
"To Know Him Is to Love Him"
(1987)
"Telling Me Lies"
(1987)