Carol Connors (singer)

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Carol Connors
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Carol Connors performing live on November 17, 2007
Background information
Birth name Annette Kleinbard
Born (1940-11-13) November 13, 1940 (age 74)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Genres Rock and roll, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1956–present
Labels Dore Records
Associated acts The Teddy Bears

Carol Connors (born November 13, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter. She is perhaps best known as the lead vocalist on The Teddy Bears' single, "To Know Him Is To Love Him", which was written by her bandmate Phil Spector.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Connors was born Annette Kleinbard on November 13, 1940 in New Brunswick.[1] Her parents were Polish Jews.[1] She lost many relatives in The Holocaust.[1] She attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Career[edit]

She was the lead singer of the pop vocal trio known as The Teddy Bears, which also included Phil Spector.[1] 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.[2] After their initial hit, the trio disbanded because of the failure of their follow-up singles, and the fact that Spector preferred working behind the scenes to performing.

Some years later she legally changed her name to Carol Connors. She co-wrote (with Ayn Robbins and Bill Conti) "Gonna Fly Now", the theme song from the film Rocky, which earned her an Academy Award nomination.[1] Carol Connors sang the theme to the film Orca, called "We Are One."

Other songwriting credits include the Rip Chords' 1964 hit "Hey Little Cobra", plus the 1980 Billy Preston/Syreeta Wright duet "With You I'm Born Again". In addition for "Madonna in the Mirror"; the 1994 title track "For All Mankind" on the debut album of Italian singer Guendalina Cariaggi, which was used as the theme song for a documentary produced by Pier Quinto and Lara Cariaggi, on the legends of soccer and the FIFA World Cup;[3] plus the finale song on A&E's 15 Films About Madonna;[4] and three songs - "Condi, Condi", "I Think of You so Fondly", and "Chill, Condi, Chill" - for Courting Condi (2008).

Connors also wrote and performed songs for several films. The 1967 beach-party film Catalina Caper features her song "Book of Love" (not to be confused with the Monotones' song), co-written with Roger Christian, which she performed backed by The Cascades. She co-composed three songs for the soundtrack of the 1977 Disney film, The Rescuers: "Tomorrow Is Another Day", "The Journey" and "Someone's Waiting for You". In 1983 Connors was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award, for the 'Worst Original Song' for "It's Wrong for Me to Love You", from Butterfly, which she co-composed with Ennio Morricone.

In 2011, she skydived and performed a concert to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.[5]

A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to her in 1999.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She resides in Beverly Hills, California.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Liami Lawrence, From Elvis to ‘Rocky’ – the charmed life of Carol Connors, The Jerusalem Post, March 24, 2014
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 61. CN 5585. 
  3. ^ Archerd, Army. Just for Variety: Variety Magazine, June 20, 1994
  4. ^ IMDb.com
  5. ^ “Rocky” Songwriter Raises Awareness For Wounded Warriors, Miami CBS, July 3, 2011
  6. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars: By Date Dedicated

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