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Bobby Darin

December 12th 2007 00:00
Bobby Darin - Unsung Dreamer

Bobby Darin
Teen Idol

It was a time of hot rods, hot pink and Hula Hoops. An era when conservative values were being challenged and popular entertainment and artistic evolution was spawning the beat generation. A time when an emerging musical revolution that would become known as rock n roll was about to irreversibly alter the culture.

The year was 1956 and around the same time as a young hep-kat from Mississippi was wiggling his hips and curling his lip another important pop artist was launching his astonishing career.

Bobby Darin
Bobby Public

Bobby Darin was a virtuoso performer, boasting chart success in an array of melodic styles from crooner to folk singer and everything in between. A gifted singer who conquered most of the industries loftiest goals, a teen rewarded with accolades and wealth. Most recently returning to the public eye with the under seen Kevin Spacey starring biopic “Beyond the Sea”

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Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin

Born in 1936 Darin was a frail child born into a fatherless family living mostly on welfare. Like Jack Nicholson only discovering as an adult that the woman he thought was his sister actually was his mother.

Driven by the knowledge that a heart condition and other health problems would most certainly end his life prematurely he embarked on his musical journey at a young age. Learning a variety of instruments by the time he was 16, young Bobby also had his IQ measured at a genius quotient.

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Bobby on TV

Writing his own songs and instrumentals for various artists his first hit, written on a bet came in 1958 with “Splish Splash”. Then came “Dream Lover” another giant seller.

It was with the jazzed up cover of “Mack the Knife” that he cemented his place in music history and the next hit “Beyond the Sea” only furthered his reputation for intuitive brilliance.

Breaking sales records and playing sell out concerts by 1959 he was one of the best known performers in the world. Financial abundance afforded him the luxury of owning his own nightclub that he used to showcase fresh talent like Richard Pryor.

Expanding his reign to become the producer of his own record label and even becoming a bona fide movie star, if only for a short time. Notably appearing in films like Hell is for Heroes opposite a fresh faced Steve McQueen, That Funny Feeling with nubile Sandra Dee and the musical State Fair.

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Dream Lovers

Ever changing by the mid 60’s Darin had embraced his political side, reinventing himself as a folk singer of undeniable poetic skill, solidified with the massive turnover of “If I was a Carpenter”

Working steadily into the next decade his untimely death came in 1973, the result of a heart valve malfunction that had been treating his lifelong ailment.

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Here is the classic "Mack the Knife" performed the Bobby Darin way
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Comment by jon

December 12th 2007 00:37
Wow -- it looks like he's channeling a subdued Elvis some of the time. I can see where the King got some of this moves

Comment by Tyronne

December 17th 2007 06:24
Hi Jon,
i think all the teen idol rock stars shared a similar gene, look at Ricky nelson too for more proof.

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