Bobby Darin was one of the most versatile performers of the late 50's. He straddled generations appealing to Bobbysoxers as a teen idol who wrote and recorded "Splish Splash" in 1958 and then winning over their parents as the Sinatra voiced adult who cut the ultimate version of "Mack the Knife" only a year later.
Both songs were enormous hits with "Splish Splash" hitting number three and "Mack the Knife" topping the charts for nine weeks.
Born in the Bronx in 1936 Darin launched his musical career as a songwriter for a New York publisher before making the leap to performer. "Splish Splash" was his breakthrough hit. He followed it with "Queen of the Hop" and "Dream Lover."
While maintain his recording career, Darin also launched a career in films and became a regular performer on the Las Vegas scene.
Unfortunately Darin's career was cut short when he died on December 20, 1973, following heart surgery. Bobby Darin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Thanks, Jimmy Scalia, for this information.
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