Darin At The Copa
Reviews of Bobby Darin At The Copacabana
Bobby Darin made his debut at the glamorous New York Copacabana nightclub in June of 1960. This record breaking engagement was recorded on the album "Darin At The Copa". The liner notes state about his opening that Darin was "welcomed by an ovation from the audience, recieving one of the warmest greetings ever accorded a star at the Copa".
Also in the notes, Music critic Gene Knight from the New York-Journal American gives an accurate description of Mr. Darin :"He is a slim young man with a knowing glance, a syncopated style from head to toe, a large charge of self assurance,a finger snapping shoulder -shrugging beat; and a show-wise projection that belies his brief four years as a performer.He has a sense of pace, an instinct for humor --he is alive."
Below are more reviews of Bobby Darin Copacabana engagements, from 1967, 1968 and 1969.Special thanks to John Goldsmith at WGEL Radio FM 101.7,Greenville IL.. home of "The Goldies Oldies Show" for contributing these newspaper clippings!
March 29, 1967--Jules Podell draws a boxoffice infusion with Bobby Darin who seems to have hit a peak with a new wave of popularity resulting from a recent summer television special. Podell has permitted an unusual step with Darin,allowing him to do a one-man show and taking up more than an hour for his recital.
But Darin entertains all the way. The old time swagger is now authority and he doesn't finger snap with the former frequency . He has matured as a performer, but retains a youthful mien while developing in the comedy department and he impresses now as an all around entertainer rather than just a singer with a juve following.
Darin came in with several key musicians to punctuate the Sal Sicari Orchestra to give him a background of assurance. He also works in a song era he knows and likes and while most of his tunes have been around a long time, the treatments remain fresh with an overlay of personal interpretation. There is a tremendous amount of comedy and talk in his turn. He now has a keen ear for impressions and swings a lot of comedy lines between and around tunes, so that a song becomes a peg for a much broader entertainment pattern.
In all Darin, impresses as a performer who has gone beyond the swinging medium. He delivers in all departments skillfully.He continues to make use of his old hits such as "Mack The Knife" and the inevitable "Splish Splash". He also plays a bluesy harmonica to point up the country and western section of his act. Darin may deal partially in old tunes and rustic themes but he remains a contemporary artist.
March 20,1968--Just as he did a year ago, Jules Podell slotted Bobby Darin for his Copacabana during Easter week.The New York born singer has always drawn the vacationing students, but Darin has so cleverly developed his act that it holds something for almost any type of person . He's even better than a year ago and like then he is pulling big crowds. Darin has a batch of new tunes,too.
Darin tees off with "Don't Rain on My Parade" and follows with "I Got You Under My Skin" to which he has given a concept to the lusty blues groove. "Charade" seemed a lesser contribution but that old fave of his "Mack The Knife", is clicko.
Darin again employs the Hollywood barroom as a backdrop to intro a array of deft impressions . His James Cagney,James Stewart, W.C. Fields and Dean Martin takes are all to the good while his Cary Grant and Robert Mitchum are stand out. The singer strums a guitar for a solid "18 Yellow Roses" which is given the "Tijuana" treatment on the backing.
"Meditation" offers a change of pace but it seems extraneous since Darin steps down to play the piano for his next tune "What'd I say". His bowoff number "That's All" is a smart choice as it enables him to make a smooth getaway. Darin also plays the trumpet for one of the numbers-- he's equally adept on this instrument.
Roger Kellaway is Darin's conductor and cuts a sharp show. With Kellaway's crew added, the Joesph Merle Orchestra is augmented to 23 pieces.Under these conditions, some of the louder tunes seem to pose a question of which is going to be heard the most ,the orchestra or Darin. Otherwise, this is a superb act and one of the best to appear at the Copa.
Jan.15, 1969---In spite of the freeze outside, Bobby Darin warmed up Jules Podell's Copacabana inside in a workmanlike bout of singing, impressions and patter. The latter, in re stories , is sometimes telegraphed but Darin hits home with a fine balance of big beat, ballads and fold ditties.
Darin scores strongly and plays it easy. He comes on in a blue denim faded suit but black tie to blend his sophisication and simple connivance with the audience . A neatly tuned pair of pipes and a nice songbag make this a stint that should spell neat biz for its tenure. Besides his singing, Darin shows himself a first rate impressionist mimic with the right material to give insight into his targets. Bob Rozario gives him good musical backing.
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