(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

According to extensive research by Elvis catalog expert Ernst Jorgensen, it is still unclear on exactly which day Elvis recorded "Teddy Bear", written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe. It was sometime between January 15 and 18, 1957 at the Paramount Scoring Stage in Hollywood for Elvis' second movie, "Loving You".

Thus far, Elvis' experience in recording for the movies had been somewhat uncomfortable. The soundtrack for his first movie "Love Me Tender" was recorded without his own band and back-up singers and without the intimacy of the size
recording studio he was accustomed to. This time around he was able to have his own group on the session, but still had to record on a cavernous sound stage in Hollywood. These conditions were not conducive to a productive session and led to much frustration for everyone.

Added to Elvis' regular group of Scotty Moore, Bill Black, DJ Fontana and The Jordanaires were two session musicians who would continue to record with Elvis through the 60s: Hilmer J. "Tiny" Timbrell on rhythm guitar and Dudley Brooks on piano. Also playing piano at times on this session were Jordanaires members Gordon Stoker and Hoyt Hawkins.

Take 13 of "Teddy Bear" was the single shipped out on June 11, 1957 along with the film's title song "Loving You" as its flip side. In the U.S. "Teddy Bear" reached #1 on Billboard's pop singles chart and country singles chart - total pop chart run of 25 weeks and a total country chart run of 16 weeks. On the British pop singles chart it had a 19-week run, peaking at #3.

Others to record the song since then include: Tanya Tucker, Mud, Gene Simmons and ZZ Top.