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|Birth name||Marshall Philip Leibovitz|
January 26, 1939|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||March 15, 2002
|Associated acts||The Teddy Bears|
Marshall Leib (January 26, 1939 – March 15, 2002) was one of the original members of The Teddy Bears. Leib and his high school friend, producer Phil Spector, formed the trio. Leib performed background harmony vocals and they made a black-and-white film of the song "To Know Him Is to Love Him", which became the number one song in the U.S. The Teddy Bears' song has since been covered by many artists such as Dolly Parton and Amy Winehouse, to name a few.
Leib knew many celebrities, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, and the Jacksons. He was later involved with the movie "Ode to Billie Joe" which featured the hit "Son of a Preacher Man" by Bobbie Gentry. He also worked with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss during their early years at A&M Records.
In 1967 Leib produced a twelve song L.P. for a group called The Brownstones that featured top session drummer Sandy Konikoff along with vocalist Aaron Brownstone, guitarist Dick Douglas and bassist Tom Hankins. He was attempting to create a "supergroup", but the vocalist was killed in a motorcycle accident and Konikoff went on to play with Taj Mahal and others. Collectors are looking for a copy of this Leib-produced missing LP, but it is believed that ABC Records destroyed all copies.
Leib later became involved with the L.A. Street Scene, a yearly festival held in the streets of downtown L.A., but was accused of embezzlement and caused the yearly gathering's demise.
Leib collected Ferrari automobiles and belonged to a Ferrari club. He was also a classic (antique) automobile aficionado. In the 1990s, Leib produced an album of female vocal Christmas songs. Leib married, divorced, and later suffered a fatal heart attack. He is survived by two biological sons (Jason Leib and Lucas Leib) and one adopted African American son, Jason Lawrence.