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(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Kal Mann, Bernie Lowe

Recorded: recorded January 24, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood.
Released master is take 13.

Single:w/ "Loving You", 47-7000, June 11, 1957
Also re-released as 78rpm, 20-7000, June 11, 1957
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0620, 1961
Also released w/ "Puppet on a String", PB-11320, 1978

RIAA Certified: 2X Multi-Platinum (as of 07/15/1999)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard Hot 100
#1 on Cash Box chart
#1 on Billboard Country chart
#1 on Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart

1st LP release: Loving You - July 1, 1957
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My Spin

(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)

You know those songs where, when you first hear them, they're catchy and fun, and then after hearing it 20 or 30 times, you're like, meh, ok, that's enough. But then you keep hearing it over and over until you're ready to call in to your local oldies station yelling, HEY! There are lots of other Elvis songs, ya know!! ...(ahem) "Teddy Bear" is that song for me!

OK, if I calm down and try and be objective about it, I have to admit that it's a fun little harmless and, yes, catchy tune and Elvis and the boys do a fine job of bringing it to life. It almost certainly made Elvis seem a tad more harmless to adults in 1957, and that didn't hurt his career any. Still, if I never hear it again, I'll die a happy man. :)

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

The gem of the set is "Teddy Bear". Its cheeky style extends to exaggerated slurring of words, and extending certain phrases beyond their usual length, catching up by shortening others. The voice has echo around it, but it works well. A classic of its kind.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Cute, cuddly rocker, nicely balanced with Elvis in an easy groove. If nothing else, the song sent out a message: come on folks, rock n' roll ain't that dangerous!

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Teddy Bear" Lyrics and Downloads

Baby, let me be
Your lovin' teddy bear
Put a chain around my neck
And lead me anywhere
Oh, let me be
Your teddy bear

I don't wanna be a tiger
'cause tigers play too rough
I don't wanna be a lion
'cause lions ain't the kind you love enough
I just wanna be
your teddy bear
Put a chain around my neck
and lead me anywhere
Oh, let me be
your teddy bear

Baby, let me be
around you every night
Run your fingers through my hair
and cuddle me real tight

Oh, let me be
your teddy bear

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(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear karaoke - Elvis Presley(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
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What's YOUR Spin on "Teddy Bear"?
Yea or Nay?

Yea! Elvis 50s Pop Classic!

Nay! Put a Chain Around My Neck Now!

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