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MARSHALL LEIB (1939 -2002)

Teddy Bear and Hollywood Argyles turned producer.

A hotrod fanatic, he was on his way to the Flames Cruise Night in Northridge, California when he suffered a massive heart attack. Paramedics were swift on the scene but were unable to save him. He was buried at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City four days later. Marshall is survived by his sons Jason, Lucas and Lawrence, his beloved girlfriend Cindy Landa, and her children Michael, Hillary and Emily.

As a member of the Teddy Bears alongside Annette Kleinbard and Phil Spector, he enjoyed a #1 record in 1958 with "To Know Him Is To Love Him". He went on to perform with numerous other groups including the Hollywood Argyles before turning his attention to A & R. In 1963 the Ribbons scored with "Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya" on his Marsh label. He also ran the Capco imprint and produced great discs by Alder Ray, Clydie King, the Westwoods and many others. In more recent years he worked as a music supervisor in the movie industry, in which capacity he frequently crossed paths with Annette Kleinbard of the Teddy Bears, now known as successful songwriter Carol Connors. In 1996 Marshall and Carol sued Phil Spector for non-payment of royalties for "To Know Him Is To Love Him".

In addition to his family and the music biz, the big passion in Marshall's life was cars. Vehicles driven by "Rodfathers" from Ventura, Antelope Valley, Valencia, Oxnard, Sunland, and the San Fernando Valley led his 30-plus strong funeral cortege.

Mick Patrick - September 2002

Marshall Leib: born Jan 26th, 1939; died March 15th, 2002.