Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936 - December 20, 1973) was a highly acclaimed pop singer, songwriter, actor, and teen idol who became famous in the late 1950s. He was born in the Bronx in poverty, and as a child, he had recurring bouts of rheumatic fever that left him with a weakened and damaged heart (which ultimately resulted in his early passing). In the mid 1950s, Darin began his career as a songwriter at the famous Brill Building and made his first recordings with Decca Records. Shortly thereafter, he signed up with Atlantic Records (ATCO), and in 1958, his career really took off with the novelty hit, "Splish Splash," which topped the R&B charts and reached #3 on the Pop/Rock charts.
Darin had a long string of hits from 1957-1973 that enveloped a wide range of music genres, including traditional pop, rock and roll, R&B, jazz, folk and country. Besides "Splish Splash," his best known songs also include "Queen Of The Hop" (1958), "Dream Lover" (1959), "Mack The Knife" (1959), "Beyond The Sea" (1959), "Things" (1962), "What'd I Say" (1962), "You're The Reason I'm Living" (1963), and "If I Were A Carpenter" (1966).
In the early 1960s, Bobby Darin made several movies with then-wife Sandra Dee. In 1963, Darin was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie, "Captain Newman, M.D." In 1990, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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- 18 Yellow Roses 1963
- Amy 1967
(B-side of "Lovin' You")
- Artificial Flowers 1960
- Beyond The Sea 1960
(This song was previously a hit for Roger Williams (1956).)
- Clementine 1960
(This song also became a hit for Jan & Dean (1960).)
- If A Man Answers 1962
- If I Were A Carpenter 1966
(This song later also became a hit for the Four Tops (1968), Johnny Cash & June Carter (1970), Bob Seger (1972), and Leon Russell (1974).)
- Irresistible You 1961
(This song was previously a hit for Bobby Peterson (1960).)
- Lazy River 1961
(This song was previously a hit for Roberta Sherwood (1956) and also became a hit for Si Zentner (1961).)
- Lovin' You 1967
- Multiplication 1961
- Nature Boy 1961
(This song was previously a hit for Nat "King" Cole (1948).)
- Things 1962
(This song later also became a hit for Anne Murray (1976).)
- What'd I Say (Part 1) 1962
(This song was previously a hit for Ray Charles (1959) and Jerry Lee Lewis (1961) and later also became a hit for Elvis Presley (1964) and Rare Earth (1972).)
- Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey 1960
(This song later also became a hit for Della Reese (1961) and Ella Fitzgerald (1963).)
- You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby 1961
(This song later also became a hit for the Dave Clark Five (1967).)
- You're The Reason I'm Living 1963
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