Bobby Darin

Golden Folk Hits Interview

In November 1963, Bobby Darin's LP Golden Folk Hits was released. Below is a portion of a National Guard Session interview
which promoted the LP and the National Guard. Hosted By Martin Block, these interviews with Bobby were released to radio stations.

Audio File

    Martin Block: How do you mean golden, Bobby? As in golden record, golden memory or just plain gold?

    Bobby Darin: Well I would have to say it is probably closer to golden record than it is to golden memory because most of the tunes in the album are less than three or four years old in terms of being hits, again.Some of them are real old songs but they've just enjoyed some new popularity. As to whether it's gold in the bank, I don't want to venture to say about that.

    MB: All we can do for that is hope, huh?

    BD: Right.

    MB: And whichever, they're part of a golden heritage and I for one am very happy to listen, so shall we roll the tape?

    BD: Well I tell you Marty, just "Don't Think Twice" about it.

    MB: Alright, I'll push the button and away we go...

    MB: Bobby Darin, I'm going to toss one at you !

    BD: Yes??

    MB: In the midst of a nightclub engagement, you were quoted by one of the columnists in New York as saying and I quote "No more personal appearances for me, nothing but movies from now on".

    BD: Well, no, I don't think I ever said it quite that strongly but then again very little of whatever has appeared in the press is actually what I've ever said anyhow, so it's in keeping...

    MB: That's par for the course...

    BD: Exactly. Actually what I did say is that after the Flamingo engagement last November I was going to..well, step aside a little bit from the personal appearance field, both concerts and nightclub appearances and concentrate on acting seriously or serious acting you might phase it in motion pictures, television, concentrate on doing variety shows on television and concentrate also on running a publishing and music production company I have, out of New York ... so that I'm not going to say I never will appear on the stage again. I'm just going to say I'm going to leave it for a little while.

    MB: Well, I think that's a very good explanation of the exaggerated statement. And now that we have that cleared up..Oh, by the way, before we do this next take, when you were doing your last nightclub show, did you do any folk songs in the nightclub?

    BD: Yes, in fact for about a year, or maybe a year and half before that last appearance I was doing folk material in the last half of the entire nightclub show. That came about as a result of a one night or two where I had to do two and half hours on the stage.

    MB: Well, in a place like Las Vegas, Nevada, you know, it's a pretty hot town, do they go for the folk music?

    BD: I would say it's in the packaging, Marty, and I would say also maybe out of fourteen shows a week, some ten or eleven of the audiences wanted to hear more of it and maybe three or four didn't.

    MB: Say Bobby, since you're something of a folk song expert are there any folk songs you know about military life?

    BD: Wow..oh..thousands of them. Don't ask me one, I can't even tell you, things like "Felix The Soldier", "In The Days of 76", and "My Johnny is Gone for Soldier" is a classic and "Danny Boy", you know is originally a ballad for a soldier.

    MB: Say, Bobby, do you the answer to this? You know that song "The Re-enlistment Blues", the one in "From Here to Eternity", is that an authentic folk song, the one Sinatra sang?

    BD: Yeah, well I think the song is based...the song in the film is based on a old Woody Guthrie tune, I'm not sure. But I think it was a Woody Guthrie tune, called just that "Re-enlistment Blues".

    MB: Maybe if you'd recorded it, it would be a good one to catch the veteran's ears because I have a special word for them about the National Guard......

    (Begins commercial for National Guard)

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