"Think of me as something in your smile ..."
Welcome to "Remembering Bobby."
This page will feature remembrances from people who have met and/or
worked with Bobby Darin and/or seen him in concert, seen him after a
concert ... etc. You get the idea!
If YOU have a story you would like to share, a close encounter of the Darin kind ... PLEASE send
your memories to us
and we will post them here.
A Finnish fan remembers Bobby:
Contributed and translated by Hannu Juurinen.
I met Bobby Darin!
The Prexy of Bobby Darin's Fan Club, Pekka Laitala, has carried out her translated report for Finnish
teen magazine Suosikki (1961).
The report describes the first meeting of Bobby Darin's International Fan Club Prexy Peggy and Bobby.
Last spring I got to experience one of the happiest moments of my life when I was granted the duties
of the BOBBY DARIN's Fan club's prexy by Miss Barb Arrow.
At the time I didn't know that even happier days were yet to come.
That is to say, my encounter with BOBBY DARIN.
It was a beautiful day in early summer. Our first encounter was at Copacabana, the most popular night club
in America. Bobby had personally invited me and my family to come watch his show. His secretary, Harriet Wasser,
had reserved us excellent seats, only a few meters from the stage where Bobby performed. I was very nervous,
and wouldn't have known how to introduce myself if Harriet hadn't been there to support me.
The show was magnificent!
The people kept trying to get as close to him as possible while he sang,
but he didn't seem to be paying much attention to it.
Many people in the audience looked like they wanted eat him alive.
Bobby would play jokes by looking very stern every now and then and a while later again with his funny smile
on his face.
He sang his most popular songs. Overall he was brilliant.
The spotlight followed him but sometimes lost him when he from time to time cleverly jumped out of it.
It was very hot inside and I soon noticed Bobby had to remove his jacket and tie while still singing.
Bobby sang many songs and new songs kept coming one after another.
Every time a new song was played, you could hear cries of joy from the audience.
I could never have imagined that he would be so great as he was.
I had never heard him sing so well -- you should have been there with us to hear it yourselves.
During the intermission Harriet and I went to Bobby's dressing room but before we made it there,
we bumped against him in the corridor.
"It is a great pleasure to see you here! It really is!", he said and then kissed me!!
It was wonderful, lovely. Just talking with him was joyful. He even bought drinks for my parents! Just think
about that! We all watched TV together and Bobby sat right next to me. He told me about things he had done lately
and I learned that his latest recording was called "Things" - a song similar to "Dream Lover". On its backside it
had a ballad named "Jailer" which was more of a folk song than pop music.
We talked and after a while Dick Clark and his wife, Loretta, showed up to greet Bobby.
Bobby introduced us to each other. Dick is a popular host of the TV-show in New York.
During the same night I met also Jackie Wilson who kissed me and my mother on back of our hands.
The whole night went by so quickly I didn't even realize how soon it was coming to an end.
When we finally had to part, Bob kissed me once more by the door.
I was so happy and didn't wonder in the slightest why Sandra Dee had married him. He was probably a wonderful
Now afterwards, thinking back to that night I still get shivers that I have an opportunity
to work with somebody like him. After that first night my meetings with him have felt indescribably heavenly.
I still wait for those moments, every time equally excited. WOW!!
Don Most shares this:
Photos courtesy Don Most
I was about 18 or 19 and I was going into NYC for a commercial audition. It was the summer, and in Central Park they had
concerts at night. I heard on the radio that day that some band had to cancel, and at the last moment Bobby was going
to fill in.
So there was no way I was not going. I got done with my audition early, so I wandered over to Central Park and looked
for the venue. I heard music and realized that they were doing a sound check and/or rehearsing. So I got as close as
I could to the stage to see what I could see.
Then it got quiet, and I realized it was over. I waited around and saw Bobby walking down a path with his son, Dodd.
I felt funny approaching him, but at the same time I was so excited that I couldn't help myself, and found myself
walking towards him. I tried to be as polite as possible and started to talk to him. He was very low key, and kind of
quiet ... but very nice. It was a tremendous thrill for me, and I'll never forget it.
"Ralph Malph" of
Anthony J. Miley shares this:
I remember Mr. D's in San Francisco. I could not wait for Bobby to perform there.
Bobby was an entertainer's entertainer. I went to see what would rub off on me, that I could use
in my act.
As it turns out, show business wise, I never made much of myself, but it was sure fun trying.
Out of all of the greats that I followed closely, Bobby held a very special place.
In fond remembrance.
-- A. J. Miley, Entertainment
A.J. the D.J.
Hannu Juurinen shares this:
In Las Vegas Hilton 1972 through March 29 I saw Bobby Darin four times. The Treiners was first and then Bobby. I think this was
the first time for Treiners in showroom. I have seen Bobby also in Desert Inn, but this show in Hilton was the best. Bobby was
in good shape and the show was well planned.
I was in the ski business in those days and Convention Center was the place of ski show for six days.
Every day at midnight I took some of our best customers to that show and they loved it.
They wondered how I know so much about Bobby Darin and told that I have followed what he is doing since 1958.
I had all his records at home all news of him in good order.
Real Bobby Darin fan.
In the afternoon many hours before the 8:00pm show there was announcement in the whole hotel but mainly in the lobby/lounge,
"Mr Bobby Darin, Mr Bobby Darin telephone call for you." That was going hours and all most all the time. It took some time
before I understood that it was add for the show. I was young and from Finland not know these kind of things.
About 30 minutes before the first and also the second shows the background singers went through the lounge into the showroom.
Those three women ware dressed colorful dresses orange, write and turquoise. Beautiful long legs girls. The second evening
when I noticed that I wrote a letter for Bobby and gave it to the girl with the turquoise dress. I did that three days before
every show always gave the letter to the same girl. In that letter I told that I am from Scandinavia and Finland and big fan
of Bobby Darin.
After four days I got letter back from that same girl and in that I was asked to come to the certain front table near stage
and during the show Bobby Darin told to the audience that in that table is sitting his friend Hannu from Finland Scandinavian
and he came and shake my hand. That happened in the middle of the show right after he has taken jacket off. It was very
important happening in my life.
I saw Bobby also in the following year 1973 on August and again in Hilton. There was totally different Bobby Darin on stage.
He sang ok and also played harmonica, piano and guitar but he was so slim, so slim. I thought that he is ill very badly.
I have plenty of Bobby Darin items, all his records and movies but still looking for more.
Anita Elliott-Anastasi (Anita Reyes) shares this:
The first time I met Bobby was at "The Glen Park Casino" in Buffalo, NY. It was a huge nightclub in the middle of
an amusement park.
He arrived right in time for rehearsals straight from the airport ... with no place to stay. My partner and I had a
very large room, with two huge beds so we invited him to stay with us. He accepted. We were all young and innocent
and he was one of the the sweetest and normal men I had ever met. We did two shows that night and then out to eat
with lots of laughs. He got his own place the next day.
His hit was "Splish Splash" and we had a great two weeks of fun. By day, going on all the rides and at night, doing our
shows. We were kids about nineteen at the time.
When we finished the gig we drove Bobby to a gig in Syracuse, NY. He said, "I'll never forget what you guys did for me."
We continued to NYC and were close friends for the rest of his life. He took us with him on many gigs as he became more
famous and became Godfather to my daughter Anita (Ivy).
He was devastated when he and Sandy broke up ... he was crazy about her and she worshiped him. His son Dodd was his life.
He was all he talked about!!
We lost a great talent and wonderful man when he passed.
I LOVED HIM!
-- Anita Elliott-Anastasi (Anita Reyes)
Donna Alexander shares this:
Below is Donna Alexander's BD story, as told to Kathy Eddy.
I have to share this with our fans. Like all of Bobby's fans I think I love him most. I am 75, still working
as a nurse. I take Bobby everywhere I go. I was in a patient's room when my phone rang, DREAM LOVER, my ring tone.
The patient [Donna Alexander] a 72 yr old female said, "That's Bobby Darin." Of course.
She preceded to tell me she had seen him perform in a huge hotel at a benefit in Peoria. She said when he came
through he kissed her on, "...THIS cheek." She raved and raved about him. She said no DVD or movie could ever
capture his true talent, charm and charisma. Imagine her telling me ... like all of his fans I believe I
love and appreciate him most. GOD I wanted to take her cheek home with me, but she wouldn't let me.
-- As aways loving BOBBY, Kathy Eddy
Joe DeMarco shares this:
My grandmother Sophia DeMarco was head chef at Scioli's Supper Club in Philadelphia where Bobby Darin as well as
others from that era played (Connie Francis, Tony Bennett, Joey Bishop).
Often on my way home from school I would stop at the club and my grandmother would take me around to see the
personalities playing that evening. That is where I first saw Bobby Darin from afar.
A few years later my Aunt Lenny treated me to a Saturday Matinee staring Bobby. I remember being in the front row
and Bobby stepping down off stage and rubbing my head. I still joke today when anyone mentions Bobby, that he
touched my head "right here," as I point to the exact spot, and invite others to touch it.
Janice Glazier shares this:
I always liked Bobby Darin. Looking back it was if he was an extension of the Rat Pack. Very cool guy.
His death was a tremendous loss. What a wonderful entertainer.
I was appearing with a singing group at the Illinois State Fair in 1969. All of the entertainers headlining at the
fair stayed at the same hotel and we all hung out together. Bobby Darin was one of those entertainers.
introduced to him one afternoon by a mutual friend. It was thrilling. He was sporting a "hippy" look at the time.
One afternoon he came up to our room and sat at the foot
of our bed and played the guitar.
Seems like a dream. I will never forget it.
Jack Forde shares this:
I did Bobby's stage lighting when he was working at the Desert Inn, in Las Vegas and had the pleasure of knowing him
and working with him.
I did have a one on one conversation in his dressing room after every show in regarding the technical end of the
show. Bobby was so aware of everything that was going on around him during the show it was scary ... music,
lighting and sound, he could tell you if the second trombone player hit an e flat or an e natural or if one stage
light was out, and still do a great show. Bobby was a very generous person he always left a great tip for the stage
and lighting department.
I have been working with different stars all my working career and I can say that I think Bobby Darin was one of the
greats if not the greatest.
Thanks for keeping his memory alive.
Shirley shares this:
I was a very young and naive secretary in the Sales and Promotion Department of Motown Records in Detroit
before the relocation to California. At the time, I was still star struck even though I had met most of
the Motown singers/stars (except for Diana Ross and Michael Jackson) like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Mary
Wilson, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Ashford and Simpson, etc.
I was sitting at my desk when the door opened and who should walk through the door but Berry Gordy and BOBBY
DARIN. I almost fainted. It felt like I was having an out of body experience. Oh my God, I was in the same
room with BOBBY DARIN whom I idolized and adored as a movie actor and talented singer. Surely, the Lord had
blessed me that day!! Now mind you, I am an African American female who was constantly in the presence of all of
these great Motown singers and producers....and I was trying to remain calm and collected in the presence of
the great BOBBY DARIN.
He warmly smiled and introduced himself (like I didn't know who he was!!). I couldn't think!!! I could only respond
with a "I'm very pleased to meet you, Mr. Darin" (he had no idea how pleased I was!!). Never mind that the Big Boss
Berry Gordy (whom I had never met before but was known to be very demanding) was standing there. ALL of my
focus was on BOBBY DARIN!! This young black girl from Detroit was in the presence of GREATNESS!! They
left after their meeting with my boss Al Valente. I immediately got on the telephone and called everyone I knew and
bragged about meeting BOBBY DARIN!!! I believe I floated on a cloud for a month after.
I will always cherish this encounter and every single time I hear the song "Beyond the Sea"
it tugs at my heart,
pulls on my memory and a tear is shed for the greatness
of what once was and will never be again.
-- With Affectionate
Judy shares this:
I am not famous or "in the business" but when I was 14 years old, I had saved my allowance for something special.
And boy, did that SPECIAL thing come along ... it was in the form of the
MOST TALENTED entertainer I have
He was playing special gig for the teenagers at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. I believe the year was 1960.
To this day I have never seen anyone like Bobby Darin!!! He did everything, and he did it PERFECTLY!!!!!!!
For a 14 year old to be so impressed and in awe is something!! I still listen to him at home everyday or in my car.
I sing along like I am part of his back-up group. Mr. Darin will always be in my heart as I believe he brought such
joy to every life he touched!
-- A Fan, Judy
Mark Novik shares this:
I met Bobby Darin at the Hilton Hotel in 1972. He had just finished his second show of the night and the third that I
saw in a four day period. To this day it is still the best performance I have ever seen.
Besides playing at least four instruments, and being the band leader, he danced and did impressions of many of his peers.
His charisma was magnanimous -- he lit up the room as he entered and his energy was unbelievable. Hard to believe he was
ill and fighting the disease he would eventually succumb to. Maybe that's how he needed to fight it? The afterglow of the
performance left the audience, in what I can only describe as ecstasy. I was 19 and in awe.
Anyway about 1:30am in the Hilton coffee shop as I sat with friends (I was too young to frequent the bars), in walked Bobby
D. He was alone and sat himself down across the aisle, in a nearby booth. I was too jazzed too even look at him. I had to,
because he yelled in our direction and asked: "What's good?" I was eating a chocolate sundae and yelled back how good it
was -- and what a great show he put on. He graciously thanked me for the compliment and ordered the identical sundae.
From the reaction of the waitress, this was a common after midnight occurrence. I was too in awe to say much else, except
on my way out I detoured his way. He shook my hand like he knew me and signed the paper napkin that supported his sundae.
I will never sell that napkin nor forget "my first time."
Yeah, that's right it was like a sexual experience, and as the worldly teenager I thought I was, I did not appreciate that
night until much later.
I did have the chance to meet Darin two more times after that. In Hollywood on the Universal studios lot I told him this
very story. He again shook my hand, acted like he knew me, and maybe then he did!! Sounds like a fairy tail, but absolutely true.
I guess I have lived a "Forrest Gump" type life. I am in the entertainment business as a sound recordist and film editor
and have met many of my heroes, Darin I will never forget. And I do believe it made me understand that no matter how famous or
infamous someone is, people are people and because of that philosophy, I approach everyone with that in mind and never in
awe of anyone!
I believe if he were alive today, he'd be bigger than all of his peers and definitely an anti war activist. I was backstage
at the NBC TV show when BOB DARIN taped the show Midnight Special and sang "Sing A Song Of Freedom."
Ralph Barlow shares this:
Bobby was a joy to work with - a true musician and a wonderfully nice man.
One night after my
group's part of the show, I went downstairs to the dressing room
to get out of my show clothes and
back into my jeans ...
I put a leg in the jeans and it wouldn't go through! I pulled, and tugged,
cussed a little, and then hollered a little, and finally realized that someone had crudely
my pant legs together ... about at the knee.
Well, I pulled the thread out, got dressed and left for the night.
The next evening, when we all got there, Bobby's dressing room door was open, and as I came by, he turned
on a tape recorder . . . which played back the sounds of my pulling and tugging and cussing and hollering!
He was the one who had sewn my pant legs
together, and he had left a recorder running nearby in the dressing room!
I stopped by his door and listened, and when he saw me there, he started laughing ...
a big, loud, belly
laugh ... and I knew I had been HAD by Bobby Darin! A
One of my favorite show-biz memories!
I also remember that he told my wife and me to stop by a certain little coffee shop
along the way back to Los
Angeles - we did, and the people there knew Bobby
and thanked us for stopping by, on his recommendation.
Grace and peace, Ralph
Alan "Woody" Woodin shares this:
My wife Charlene and I spent a week with Bobby in the late 50’s working with him on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.
He was a joy to be with & a fine young man.
What a great week it was. The year was either 1958 or 1959. Bobby did 4 shows a day and if it rained we cut the
feature film and Bobby did 6 shows. He appeared in the Music Hall Theater.
We had a feature film and then the guest star of the week. The lineup would include a juggler, dancers or an animal act
and a comedian. I remember the comedian of the week with Bobby was a fellow by the name of Gary Morton. He would later
marry Lucille Ball. Yes, the one and only I Love Lucy.
My girlfriend at the time even sat for Bobbie’s nephew. I married that girlfriend and we just celebrated our 45th Anniversary.
-- Alan "Woody" Woodin
James R. Rubolina shares this:
It was in 1971, I think, while working as a production assistant (you know, a go for) with The Mike Douglas
Show where I had the absolute pleasure and honor to meet and have conversations with Mr. Darin. He treated me with
respect, asked about my life plans and gave me advice that a father would do for his son.
He was what he wanted in his life, to be the best entertainer and the best human being. He passed away much too soon.
The world and the entertainment industry would be in much better shape if he had survived. He would have been only 70
years old and giving "The Stones" a run for their money.
My father loved him, bought all of his albums, and the very first record I bought with my own money was a 45, "Mack the Knife."
I was 9 years old. He personally autographed the label.
Needless to say, my belated sympathies to his son for the recent loss of his mother. Mr. Darin was one of a kind the
world will never produce again.
May God bless him and keep him.
Richard Jandrow shares this:
I met Bobby in 1958 at a radio station in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He had just released "Splish Splash" and was booked to play at "White
City Amusement Park", which most rock stars would do, in those days. I
had seen him on a Dick Clark show, and I was impressed with him and
I was a kid in high school, but I managed to get into
the studios of WORC, an all request station, in spite of their policy of
"No visitors". I spent several years their, mostly on Saturdays, helping
the DJ's and learning the business. In those days I bought the entire
top 40 every week. Bobby came into the studio and was told that
their were no visitors, and he began to turn around and leave.... I
called to him, "Bobby, Don't Go"....I told the DJ that this was the new
guy I was telling you guys about, he has a great song called "Splish
Splash"... a song I made them play, of course. Bobby and I hit
it off like brothers, he the older, of course. I wrote to him several
times, and then we kind of lost contact with each other... I still
have at least one of the letters. He knew that he was going to die young,
and I believe that he was quite shocked that he lived as long as he did.
I owe him for getting a kid of rock interested in the standards, and
Pop music. I'm sure that I would never have been interested if not for
his music. Bobby has a certain "mystique" for those who never
really knew him. Other DJ's that I have spoken too were never impressed
with him. Many times I had to show them all that he accomplished in
his short life. He did all right for a brash young kid from The Bronx.
After watching specials and programs about him, I managed to convert many
of his critics to fans.
Bobby had many unique careers in
one..........musician, writer, rock singer, pop singer, actor, folk
singer, country singer, etc. Anyone who opens himself to see the
complete picture has to agree that he deserves any award
any can bestow on him.
Forrest Draper shares this:
Steve Ihnet and I, Forrest Draper, played cops in this
"Murder in the First" episode of Bob Hopes Chrysler Theatre at Universal. Steve
and I shot for three days and ended up with about 20 seconds near the end of the
show in the police station grilling Brad.
The first day on the set the scene was set in Brad's apartment, where Steve and I
made our way up the stairs to Brad's apartment. With guns drawn Steve knocked and Brad
opened the door. I think you viewers will find it interesting that Sid Pollack reshot this scene 28 times before he got the shot he wanted. It was a critical
scene as Brad stopped stuttering at the moment he was told he was under arrest.
I was on the lot as usual with my manager, and we ran into Sid Pollack,
director, who was not even known at the time. Bill asked Sid if he was doing
any thing and he told us he was shooting this show. Any parts open? Need another
cop besides Steve. That's how I got the part. As I was from Hartford, Conn., and
this took place in Conn. near Yale U, it kind of flipped me out.
I worked with Bobby before in the Catskills and this time at Salisbury Beach
Frolics in Salisbury, Mass around the late fifties as a comic I was with by the
name of Jerry White, who owned The Bowery, second largest club on the
beach. Bobby was a great talent that should have lived much longer. At that
time, he was separated from Sandra and was kind of hurting. We talked about it a
lot the week he was there. Years later, Boom. We did the show.
Ralph R. Barlow shares this:
I was the bandleader for a show group called "The
Celebration" in 1970 when they appeared with Bobby at the old Landmark Hotel in
Las Vegas. It was two weeks I will never forget.
Bobby opened his own show, which most headliners didn't do. He came out in a
tux with the full band behind him, and did a somewhat "glitzy" set of hits.
Then The Celebration came out and we did our 20 minutes. After that Bobby came
back out in a denim suit carrying his guitar, and sat on a stool and did a
"gentle" set, which concluded with "If I Were a Carpenter" and "Simple Song of
Freedom." It was fantastic.
Bobby Darin was a class act. A great musician, a great singer (who would
certainly have taken over for Frank Sinatra, if he had lived long enough) and a
very very nice man.
-- With kndest personal regards, Ralph
Bill Worden shares this:
I'm a television news anchor now, but back
in the mid sixties, I was a DJ and I had an "in" with a Syracuse supper club
owner at the Three Rivers Inn, the only "Las Vegas" style supper club with a
T-shaped stage in upstate New York. It had a very professional orchestra and
that's why big stars like Bobby Darin liked to play there.
I had a reputation for interviewing famous
stars. But this was to be a special night. I went to see Bobby's show. From the
"no-intro" opening, where the house lights went out and all you could see was
the silhouette of the orchestra and the form of a young man entering snapping
his fingers to Mack The Knife...to his rousing big-band rendition of "Talk To
The Animals"...I was hooked.
Anyway, when the show ended, the owner
took me up to Bobby's dressing room and to my surprise (Because Bobby had a
reputation for being "quick" with people)...I found him to be a genuinely nice
man. He put some coffee on for me and we spent an hour or so talking into
the tape recorder.
He was now separated (Possibly divorced, I
don't remember) from Sandra Dee. I remember him saying that his heart was bad
and the only thing he was living for now was his son.
I also remember the night we saw the show
was the same night Dr. Martin Luther King was shot, because we got the news on
the car radio afterward on the way back. I often thought, in retrospect, what
Bobby's thoughts were when he heard the news. I know he recorded a famous
version of "Has anybody seen my old friend John".
This interview and meeting this giant of
show business was and is one of the lasting memories of my career.
-- Bill Worden
Jeff Ullrich shares this:
My father's name is Arlin Ullrich. He doesn't remember the details too
well due to the amount of time that's passed since he toured with Bobby.
But what he does remember is he was given the opportunity to tour with
him by these 2 bookers (agents). They called my dad and asked if his
band wanted to tour with Bobby. My father's response of course was "Duh
is the Pope Catholic?" My father says that he toured for only 13 days (1959)
but what an experience it was. He told me the first time he was
on stage with Bobby that he had more adrenalin in his bloodstream then
he ever had before. And then to have Bobby introduce him onstage,
wow, what a thrill!
My father tells me that they only played about 5 clubs in California
i.e.: San Francisco, etc. There is a funny story that I learned of. One
night at a post concert party my dad was hanging out with what he tells
me was a beautiful woman. Well, along comes Bobby and he is introduced
to the woman by my father. Well, as the night progresses Bobby is
working his charm to have the woman for himself, which at that time was
making my dad angry but he now looks back and laughs at it.
bought my dad "Beyond the Sea" with Kevin Spacey. I knew my dad would
enjoy it and I also knew that he would be a very good judge of Spacey's
performance due to the fact that he performed side by side with Bobby.
Well, as you'd guess he loved it. He was very impressed with Spacey's
performance. As we all are, I'm sure.
God bless and my family will never forget Bobby.
-- Jeff Ullrich
Brandy Herbert shares this:
Back in the late-60's and early-70's I was a lead-guitar player for several
"biggest names in showbiz" folks. One of them was Bobbie Gentry.
were in Las Vegas at the Landmark Hotel in 1971 or 72, we were talking with
the stage-manager who had been around for years, and who had worked with
Bobby Darin at one point over at one of the other hotels.
He told us a
WONDERFUL story about Bobby that I've never seen printed anywhere. It seems
that Bobby was REALLY into wearing denim all the time at that point, and the
hotel, (and the entertainment manager), had a rule then that ALL male
headliners had to wear tuxedos. Needless to say, Bobby told him what he
could do about his "rule". They locked horns, and the upshot of it was: "No
According to the story, Bobby got on a plane, flew
to a tailor that he knew in the Bahamas and overnight had a tuxedo made out
of blue denim!! He returned, and much to the chagrin of the Entertainment
Director, he went on the next night...wearing the "required tuxedo"--in
If that's a true story--and I hope it is--it was very much in
character for the man that I'd heard about.
I never got to work with Mister
Darin, and it would have been an honor to do so. But I still listen to his
music and loved his style.
It's wonderful that his memory is being kept
alive, and I'm so glad Kevin Spacey finished his project...(I just saw it
-- Brandy Herbert (Check out her
Dan McPhail shares this:
I'm a 57 year young radio and mobile disc jockey from Flint Michigan, and a Bobby Darrin fan since age 15. I always play Bobby's music in radio or in my live private party shows. I own most of his 486 recordings and put what I feel is the best from each lp on 20 separate CD's of 20 songs each.
One of my biggest kicks was in the spring of '73 seeing Bobby at one of his last shows at the Las Vegas Hilton.
He told the story of turning down 3 of songwriter Tim Harden's songs that were pitched to
him that became hits for other artists, and brought a big laugh to everyone when he said
"fourth time he opened the door I said..."whatever it is, I'll sing it, I'll do, don't give it to anyone else,
I don't care what it is I'll record it".
When they brought the pin spot light slowly narrorwer into his eyes during the last 30 seconds of If I Were a Carpenter, the hair on my arms stood straight up and the entire Hilton showroom was absolutely electrified. We will not see his like again. There were things I liked and didn't like about the Kevin Spacy movie but overall it was great.
I miss Bobby very much. "Nobody is really gone as long as someone remembers".
-- Dan McPhail,
Radio Air Personality since 1967,
owner of the Smilin' Scotsman
Party DJ Emcee Service,
Steve Fischler shares this:
I am just writing this short note to thank you for the praises this website gives to Bobby.
One of my best friends, for many decades, has been Larry Devers who was Bobby's drummer in the Vegas, Copa, etc. years.
He loved Bobby very much and said to me yesterday on the phone,
"Steve, if Bobby knew that his song, "Beyond the Sea," was being used for a cruise line commercial,
he would be tickled pink!"
I only met Bobby, great guy that he was, one time out here in Los Angeles.
Bobby treated the band just like family up until the last gig in Mexico City when he had to cancel
the remaining dates due to illness and take a private jet home.
The band was also told to just get on a flight and come back to Los Angeles where everything
would be explained to them there.
When they arrived in L.A and exited the plane, all the
band members were given an envelope. There was a letter
stating that Bobby would not be able to complete the
engagements they were contracted for and each member
was given 3 months pay. At that time, Larry was making
close to a grand a week backing Bobby.
That was the last Larry every played in Bobby's band,
and I believe the last time he performed in public.
Take care and just know that Bobby is looking down at the
way the world remembers him and just smiling big time.
-- Steve Fischler
Michael Wolf shares this:
My mother who was a cabaret singer in New York back in the fifties and sixties had taken me on my 13th birthday to see Bobby at the Copa.
He was bigger than life - I can hear the announcer now: Ladies & Gentlemen, Mr. Entertainer himself, Mr. Bobby Darin! Wow! I was at the front table and couldn't sit still. Bobby had me on his knee and I was in heaven with all the attention.
That night I met Eddie Fisher, Dick Clark and Andy Williams in the audience.
It affected me greatly as I ended up as an entertainer and worked from Vegas to Cruise ships. Thank you Bobby for all your talent -
-- Michael ("Mike Rosa") Wolf