Two For Tuesday: Bobby Darin

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.

22 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Bobby Darin

  1. Bobby Darrin died way too young but, wow, what a life he had in this short time. Growing up thinking his mom was his sister is one big….Whaaat?? Married to Sandra Dee must not have been good for his heart plus he kept himself way too busy. He was quite a good actor as well and Kevin Spacey did a great job portraying him and singing his songs. I still shake my head about Spacey


    1. I can just imagine him when he learned his mother was his grandmother and his sister was his mother. I’d be asking, “does that make my grandfather my father?” I think he had enough demons to deal with without Sandra’s to deal with as well.

      I always got the impression that there was something creepy about Kevin Spacey. Hell of an actor, but… brrr…


  2. Bobby Darin died way too young. He was extremely talented and before his time given his showmanship and singing style. His style was a major impact on rock and roll.


  3. I love “Splish Splash” and remember it from my childhood. I don’t recognize the other song.
    That’s too bad about his health conditions. Such a young age to go. But back then, heart surgeries and valve-replacements sure weren’t what they are today…

    Michele at Angels Bark


    1. Medicine in general is so much better than it was 40-50 years ago. Heart surgery, while still a big deal, goes much more smoothly now than it did. For that matter, rheumatic fever, which contributed heavily to Bobby Darin’s early demise, has been eradicated. My dad died of a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that’s now treatable, giving more people a chance at a longer life. Amazing what they can do now…


  4. Bobby Darin went to my high school (under his real name, Walden Robert Cassotto), class of 1953. Year after I was born. “Your’re the Reason I’m Living” was new to me, too. Between Mack the Knife and Beyond the Sea, he is an all-time fav for me. A life tragically cut short.


    1. He knew he probably would die young and decided to make the most of it. And he did. He left a great body of work, which I hope results in his not being forgotten.


  5. He’s one of my favorites right next to Sam Cooke. “Was there a call for me” still breaks my heart 😭


    1. He hosted “The Midnight Special” about a year before he died, and really rocked the joint. It came as a real shock when I heard he had died, but I thought he was much older. Now I look back at 37 and realize just how young that is.

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  6. Didn’t Kevin Spacey do his own singing in the movie – or am I wrong about that? Didn’t realize Bobby Darin died so young. Wow!

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    1. I think Spacey did do all his own singing, and was a dead ringer for him. He died young, but left a pretty impressive body of work. He knew that the heart issues would kill him, so he got as much living into what little time he had.


  7. Hi John – gosh he did die young … I enjoyed some of his music, and probably would enjoy most of it … interesting to read about him – cheers Hilary


  8. I don’t remember “You’re the Reason.” Fun fact, I worked for a cardiologist who had operated on Bobby Darin. He always said it was “not the one where he died.” LOL.


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