Diamond wrote this for his girlfriend Jaye Posner, who later became his first wife. Said Diamond: "I really wanted to impress her and I couldn't afford to buy her a gift, so I wrote a song called 'Hear Them Bells' and basically it was a song saying, 'Will you marry me?'"
This was the first song Diamond wrote. It wasn't released until 1996, when it was included on his 1996 boxed set. Diamond performed the song at some of his concerts in the '90s.
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.