…Bobby Darin is Breeze Artist of the Month for May.
One of the greatest entertainers of all time and without question one of the best singers of his star studded era, Bobby Darin could do it all. In his short 37 years on Earth he left behind a legacy of classic recordings that have been enjoyed by generations of music lovers. This May 14 marks what would have been Bobby Darin’s 80th birthday.
Born in the Bronx, Bobby wouldn’t make it big in music until a short-lived romantic relationship with Connie Francis led him to her manager, George Scheck, who helped Darin switch from songwriter to performer, which led to the 1957 release of “Splish Splash,” a song that Darin had written in 12 minutes. The song reached Number Three in 1958 and sold 100,000 copies in less than a month. He followed soon thereafter with, “Dream Lover.” Then in 1959, he showed he was more than just a teen idol by releasing the single, “Mack the Knife,” which won him 2 Grammys, including “Best New Artist.”
A talented songwriter, he penned, among other things, Wayne Newton’s breakout hit: “Danke Schoen.”
In recalling Bobby Darin, former teen idol and fellow traveler Dion DiMucci said: “He could play any instrument, and he was doing jazz and folk and rock and anything else he wanted. He could do it all – and do it all well.”
Darin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2010, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
If you haven’t caught it, Kevin Spacey did a great job portraying Bobby in the biopic Beyond The Sea, released in 2004. Here’s a clip:
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