Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor in film and television. He performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk, swing, and country music.

He started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis. He recorded his first million-selling single, "Splish Splash," in 1958. That was followed by "Dream Lover," "Mack the Knife," and "Beyond the Sea," which brought him worldwide fame. In 1962 he won a Golden Globe Award for his first film, Come September, co-starring his first wife, Sandra Dee.

During the 1960s, he became more politically active and worked on Robert F. Kennedy's Democratic presidential campaign. He was present on the night of June 4/5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles at the time of Kennedy's assassination. During the same year, he discovered he had been raised by his grandmother, not his mother, and that the woman he thought was his sister was actually his mother. Those events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion.

Although he made a successful comeback (in television) in the early 1970s, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. The knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to use his musical talent while still young. He died at the age of 37 after a heart operation in Los Angeles.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 14th, 1936 (The Bronx), Died December 20th, 1973 (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1956 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 89435 3/6/1956 Blue eyed mermaid Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 89436 3/6/1956 Rock pile Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 89437 3/6/1956 Silly Willie Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 89438 3/6/1956 Timber-1 Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 89463 3/6/1956 Rock Island line-1 Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 100300 7/11/1956 Hear them bells Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 100301 7/11/1956 The greatest builder Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 100302 7/11/1956 Dealer in dreams Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 100303 7/11/1956 Help me Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 104877 4/24/1958 Early in the morning Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 104878 4/24/1958 Mighty, mighty man Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 104879 4/24/1958 You're mine Bobby Darin vocalist  
Decca 104880 4/24/1958 Now we're one Bobby Darin vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Darin, Bobby," accessed December 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/310919.

Darin, Bobby. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/310919.

"Darin, Bobby." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 December 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/310919

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