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By Jim Keenan, Connecticut
Darinfan Since 1963

Like Bobby, I was born and raised in New York City. A highlight was seeing him perform at Freedomland during the summer of 1963 when our country and I enjoyed more innocence than we do today. The images of a fellow New Yorker belting them out on that July afternoon are so clear from my then-11-year-old life. My Dad and I referred to that day for many years until his passing in 1995. He'd refer to the Bronx day we saw "that young guy."

My interest in Bobby Darin's life and career has gone through several phases of intensity over the years. In retrospect, I have concluded that he is among the greats and one of my favorite celebrated artists. All of that plus he married Sandra Dee-wow!

December 20, 1973 found me in college when the bad news came. I was saddened to hear that "that young guy" had left us-still a young guy. Thankfully, we can celebrate his life and talents through his work. In it we see Mr. Cool, Mr Talent and the man I'm so pleased to say I saw perform 40 years ago.

God bless the man and his family and friends.

Jim Keenan

 

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