To the best of my recollection, I
first met Bobby on a recording date in New York City on which I
was the arranger. It was for one of the artists who was on the same
label as Bobby.
He liked my work and
came to other sessions on which I was the arranger.
He was a very talented
man in many areas. He was knowledgeable about recording techniques
and had a remarkable feel as to what could be done to improve
Along about this time
I had made a good friend of Murray the "K." We worked
on a couple of projects together including writing a new theme for
his radio show called "Swinging Soiree."
I recall a meeting
at the Essex House in Manhattan between Murray, Bobby, myself and
Murray's mother who had written a song called "Splish Splash."
Bobby was an avid Frank
Sinatra fan and so at first he couldn't see himself singing "Splish
I have always been
very commercial minded and saw the potential of a hit in the song.
I told Bobby that if he had a hit with "Splish Splash"
he could then go the "Sinatra Route."
If my memory serves
me well, Bobby requested that I play guitar on the "Splish
Splash" recording session. We recorded the song in one of the
tiniest recording studios I've ever been in. It was somewhere around
59th Street in Manhattan.
As you know, "Splish
Splash" was a huge hit...and Bobby could then pick and choose
his own material...for example "Mack the Knife."
December 20, 1973 was
a very sad day for me.