As a performer, Bobby Darin rivaled Frank Sinatra. Energizing the early rock-and-roll scene with his rollicking classic "Splish Splash," Darin then became a top-draw nightclub act. Chronic illness dogged him from childhood, setting the tone of urgency that inspired a career full of dizzying twists and turns: from teen idol to Vegas song-and-dance man, and from hipster to folkie and back.
In Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin, author David Evanier tracks Darin's meteoric rise from dire poverty as the grandson of a low-level mobster to his well-earned place in the showbiz pantheon.
In a June, 2005 interview, Evanier talks with Jerry Jazz Musician publisher Joe Maita about Darin's short and complex life, and makes a case that this gifted artist's spirit is as alive today as ever.
"His was a raw, restless, cerebral talent, derived from a life steeped in music and performance history.
Coming from the streets, he came to the blues naturally, not as exotica.
It had the immediacy and urgency of real life. He had so little time, it spoke to him.
He didn't have time for teenage bullshit or polite subterfuge; he would make it big, or he would die trying."
~ David Evanier ~
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