I went through all the Two For Tuesdays I’ve done, and notice I’ve already done a number of artists that fit into this category. I’ll add links to those posts in the last entry in this series, so you can go back and read those. Oddly enough, I seem to have missed him…
Bobby Darin was a really talented guy: he was a singer and songwriter, played a bunch of instruments, and sang in a number of styles, including rock & roll, R&B, Big Band, folk, even country. His first Top 10 single was “Splish Splash,” which reached #3 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Cash Box chart, and #1 on the R&B chart in 1958.
He had a string of Top 10 hits in 1959 and 1960, “Dream Lover” (#2), “Mack The Knife” (#1), and “Beyond The Sea” (#6). In 1963, he decided to go country with “You’re The Reason I’m Living,” which reached #3.
You can see Bobby’s full discography here.
Bobby was always in poor health, due to a bout with rheumatic fever as a child, and by the Seventies he needed oxygen before and after performances. He died in 1973 after undergoing open-heart surgery to replace two artificial valves he had implanted a couple of years earlier. He was 37 years old.
Darin was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the 2004 movie Beyond The Sea. It’s worth seeing.
Bobby Darin, your Two for Tuesday, June 12, 2018.