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, actress 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.
In 1973, after failing to take antibiotics to protect his heart before a dental visit, Darin developed sepsis, an overwhelming systemic infection. That further weakened his body and affected one of his heart valves. On December 11, he checked himself into Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles for another round of open-heart surgery to repair the two artificial heart valves he had received in January 1971. On the evening of December 19, a five-person surgical team worked for over six hours to repair his damaged heart. Shortly after the surgery ended in the early morning hours of December 20, 1973, Darin died in the recovery room without regaining consciousness. He was 37 years old.
Darin’s last wish in his will was that his body be donated to science for medical research. His remains were transferred to the UCLA Medical Center shortly after his death.
In 1990, Darin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with singer and close friend Paul Anka announcing the honor. In 1999, Darin was voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Songwriter Alan O’Day alludes to Darin and his recording of “Mack the Knife” in the song “Rock and Roll Heaven” (made a hit by the Righteous Brothers), a tribute to dead musicians, which O’Day wrote shortly after Darin’s death.
On May 14, 2007, Darin was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars to honor his contribution to making Las Vegas the “Entertainment Capital of the World” and named him one of the twentieth century’s greatest entertainers. Fans paid for the star. Darin also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On December 13, 2009, at its 2010 Grammy Awards ceremony, the Recording Academy awarded Darin a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Bobby Darin among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
We are wrapping up Christmas week, and heading into the new year of 2019 this evening on “Great Soul Performances,” with leftover Christmas songs and other songs of the season, with our “New Year’s Eve” show where you’ll hear from: Lou Rawls, Charles Brown, the Manhattan Transfer, Nat “King” Cole, the Manhattans, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chuck Jackson, Aaron Neville, the Shirelles, the Glows (aka Joel & the Dymensions featuring Joel Katz, Eugene Pitt and yours truly), the Heartbeats, Darlene Love, Sonny Til & the Orioles, Bobby Darin and so much more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.
The holiday festivities continue at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist are: Ray Charles, the Temptations, El DeBarge, the Tune Weavers, Rick James, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, Buster Poindexter, the Whispers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Pointer Sisters, Bono & U2, Ray Parker, Jr., Gerald Alston, Chaka Khan, Al Green, Prince; live in concert and several others.
Don’t forget, if you miss these shows, or want to hear them again, they will be rerun tomorrow Sunday at 5PM eastern time, following the next segment of the “Disco Top 700 Countdown” at 3PM ET. Our last weekend of 2018 will be a fun one with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on the “Home of the Hits” RadioMaxMusic.Com. Happy New Year!
We will say goodbye to 2017 on “Great Soul Performances” & “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening, with four hours of holiday music, signifying the end of the old year, and since it’s still Christmas week, some left over Christmas songs as well. On G.S.P. 1, we’ll have: The Manhattans, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Bobby Darin, the Soul Clan, Brook Benton, the Jackson Five, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Enchantment, Sonny Til & the Orioles, Kool & the Gang, Sam Cooke, my dear friend and former co-worker at WCBS-FM 101.1; our “Morning Mayor,” Harry Harrison, and so many, many others. It’ll begin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then immediately following on G.S.P. 2, you’ll hear from: Charles Brown, the Whispers, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, the Eagles, the O’Jays, Huey Lewis & the News, Marvin Sease, New Edition, Harry Connick, Jr., and a whole lot more. G.S.P. 2 starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. Let’s ring out the old, and ring in the new with “Great Soul Performances,” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend, and that Christmas Day, yesterday, was all you wanted it to be. As the holiday week continues, we’re going to get a jump on New Year’s Eve this evening, as “Great Soul Performances” rolls up the rug prepares to party hardy with music from: Lou Rawls, the Manhattans, Charles Brown, the Shirelles, Chuck Jackson, Bobby Darin, something new from the Coasters, Darlene Love, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan, and a Christmas bag full of many others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT, and just like last weekend, we will continue the party tomorrow on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” I just ran out of egg nog, so I’ve got to run to the store for more, but I’ll see you later for “G.S.P.” right here on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
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Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, and actor of film and television. He performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk, and country.
He started as a songwriter for Connie Francis, and recorded his own first million-seller “Splish Splash” in 1958. This was followed by “Dream Lover“, “Mack the Knife“, and “Beyond the Sea”, which brought him world fame. In 1962, he won a Golden Globe for his first film Come September, co-starring his first wife, Sandra Dee (m. 1960–1967).
Throughout the 1960s, he became more politically active and worked on Robert Kennedy’s Democratic presidential campaign. He was present on the evening/morning of June 4-5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles at the time of Kennedy’s assassination. The same year, he discovered that he had been brought up by his grandparents, not his parents, and that the girl he thought was his sister was actually his mother. These events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion.
Although he made a successful television comeback, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to exploit his musical talent while still young. He died at 37, following a heart operation in Los Angeles. Source: Wikipedia
|1||You’re the Reason I’m Living|
|2||Mack the Knife|
|5||You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby|
|7||If I Were a Carpenter|
|8||What’d I Say|
|11||La Mer (Beyond The Sea)|
|14||Queen of the Hop|
|15||Early in the Morning|
|18||Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey?|
|20||Treat My Baby Good|
|21||If A Man Answers|
|23||Eighteen Yellow Roses|
|24||I Found a New Baby|
|29||The Girl That Stood Beside Me|
|30||Be Mad, Little Girl|
|31||Long Line Rider|
|33||The Things In This House|
|34||I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now|
|35||Theme From ‘Come September’|