Rock impressario Don Kirshner and Bobby Darin were good friends and fellow graduates of The
Bronx High School of Science. Very early in their careers they collaborated on writing jingles for local
businesses in New York as well as writing countless other songs.
The radio spots
that Bobby and Don made led to a meeting with George Scheck who was managing Connie Francis. Scheck was
impressed with their songs and used their material for his artists. But, Bobby's big break in show business came when Scheck discovered
Darin could sing.
At one time, Don was Bobby's manager and performed with Bobby in the early days. When Bobby married
Dee, the ceremony took place at Don's apartment. Their friendship continued throughout Bobby's lifetime.
In early 1961, Don Kirshner was quoted in 16 Magazine saying of Bobby:
Darin is a combination of many wonderful things -- humor, intelligence, talent, and an irresistable magnetic charm. But more
than anything else, he's a man with a big heart -- and when Bobby is your friend, you have nothing to worry about. He is loyal
and always dependable. Bobby has a warmth and vitality that makes you want to do things for him. In return, he gives a love
and friendship that very few people are capable of giving. Bobby has never spread himself thin by having fifty 'best friends.'
He's the kind of guy who cares for the individual and I consider myself lucky to be among those whom Bobby knows, cares for,