Happy Birthday Bobby Darin

 

 

 

Biography

” There’s been considerable discussion about whether Bobby Darin should be classified as a rock & roll singer, a Vegas hipster cat, an interpreter of popular standards, or even a folk-rocker. He was all of these and none of these. Throughout his career he made a point of not becoming committed to any one style at the exclusion of others; at the height of his nightclub fame he incorporated a folk set into his act. When it appeared he could have gone on indefinitely as a sort of junior version of Frank Sinatra, he would periodically record pop/rock and folk-rock singles whose principal appeal lay outside of the adult pop market. At one point he started calling himself Bob Darin and recorded songs with vague anti-establishment overtones that could be said to be biting the largely bourgeois hands that fed his highest-paying gigs. It may be most accurate to say that Darin was, above all, a singer who wanted to do a lot of things, rather than make his mark as a particular stylist. That may have cost him some points as far as making it to the very top of certain genres, but also makes his work more versatile than almost any other vocalist of his era.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” When Darin had his first hits in the late ’50s, he was a teen idol of sorts, albeit a teen idol with much more talent and mature command than the typical singer in that style. The novelty-tinged “Splish Splash” was his breakthrough smash, followed by “Queen of the Hop” and the ballad “Dream Lover.” There was a slight R&B feel to Bobby‘s delivery that may well have influenced R&B-pop/rock singers such as Dion, though it would be an exaggeration to call Darin a blue-eyed soul man. In late 1959, he found a new direction when the swinging “Mack the Knife,” a tune from BrechtWeill‘s Threepenny Opera musical, made number one. The song came from an album of pop standards, heralding his move toward light big band jazz, which was consolidated by the Top Ten success of “Beyond the Sea” in 1960.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In the early ’60s, Darin had mostly abandoned rock for the adult pop market, becoming a huge success on the Vegas-nightclub circuit, and moving into the all-around entertainer mode with starring roles in movies (including one as a non-singing jazz musician in John Cassavetes’ Too Young Blues). He also continued to score regular hits with the likes of “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby,” “Things,” and “Lazy River.” To keep people guessing, there was also a hit cover of “What’d I Say” and some country tunes (one of which, “You’re the Reason I’m Living,” made it to number three on the pop charts). Around 1963, he put a folk section into his nightclub act that employed guitarist Roger McGuinn, then a couple of years away from fame as the leader of the Byrds.”Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discography

 

Bobby Darin [1958]
1958 Bobby Darin [1958] album review Atlantic  
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That's All
1959 That’s All album review Atlantic  
(10)
 
 
This Is Darin
1960 This Is Darin album review Atlantic  
(2)
 
 
Darin at the Copa
1960 Darin at the Copa album review Atlantic  
(3)
 
 
For Teenagers Only
1960 For Teenagers Only album review Collectors’ Choice Music  
(8)
 
 
The 25th Day of December
1960 The 25th Day of December album review Atco / Atlantic  
(1)
 
 
Two of a Kind
1961 Two of a Kind album review Atco  
(5)
 
 
Twist with Bobby Darin
1961 Twist with Bobby Darinalbum review Atco  
(3)
 
 
Love Swings
1961 Love Swings album review Atco  
(3)
 
 
Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles
1962 Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles album review Atco  
(1)
 
 
Things & Other Things
1962 Things & Other Things album review Collectors’ Choice Music  
(2)
 
  Oh! Look at Me Now 1962 Oh! Look at Me Now album review Capitol  
(2)
 
 
You're the Reason I'm Living
1963 You’re the Reason I’m Living album review Capitol  
(1)
 
 
It's You or No One
1963 It’s You or No One album review Atco  
(1)
 
  18 Yellow Roses 1963 18 Yellow Roses album review Capitol  
(0)
 
  Earthy! 1963 Earthy! album review Capitol  
(0)
 
 
Winners
1964 Winners album review Atco  
(0)
 
  Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie 1964 Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie album review Capitol  
(0)
 
  The Lively Set [Original Soundtrack] 1964 The Lively Set [Original Soundtrack] Decca  
(0)
 
  Venice Blue 1965 Venice Blue album review Capitol  
(0)
 
 
I Wanna Be Around
1965 I Wanna Be Around Capitol  
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  Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile 1966 Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile album review Atlantic  
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  In a Broadway Bag (Mame) 1966 In a Broadway Bag (Mame) album review Atlantic  
(1)
 
  If I Were a Carpenter 1966 If I Were a Carpenter album review Atlantic  
(4)
 
  1966 Academy Award Song Kit 1966 1966 Academy Award Song Kit Atlantic  
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  Inside Out 1967 Inside Out album review Atlantic  
(1)
 
  Something Special 1967 Something Special Atlantic  
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  Dr. Doolittle 1967 Dr. Doolittle album review Atlantic  
(1)
 
  Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto 1968 Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassottoalbum review    
(1)
 
  Commitment 1969 Commitment album review Direction  
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Live! At the Desert Inn
1971 Live! At the Desert Inn album review Concord / Neon Tonic / Universal (Pty) Ltd.  
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  Bobby Darin [1972] 1972 Bobby Darin [1972]    
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