Bobby Darin News Page 2014
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Update 11/20/2014: REMEMBERING ANDY DIDIA . . .
We were very sad to learn of the passing of Bobby's
good friend Andy DiDia on February 24, 2014 at 96 years of age.
Bobby and Andy met in Detroit in 1956.
It was a friendship that would last until Bobby's death in 1973.
Together they designed
The 1960 DiDia 150 Bobby Darin "Dream Car."
In David Evanier's Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin
Mr. DiDia tells of his relationship with Bobby.
Bobby was just like a son to me. He first appeared at the Gay Haven in Detroit in 1956.
He had no money. He was staying at the Wolverine Hotel for $21 a week.
I told the owner of the restaurant to feed him and make believe it was on the house.
And I paid the owner. I gave Bobby some of my clothes and bought new clothes for him.
Bobby fan, Lorraine Tillett, shares one of her conversations with Andy:
. . . Andy was working at the Wolverine Hotel where Bobby first performed.
He liked that boy from the beginning.
Several nights later Andy overheard Bobby saying that he didnít have
a place to stay since the performance was booked several more weeks.
He went home and asked his wife if they could put Bobby up in their spare
bedroom for a couple of weeks. She agreed. What was a couple of weeks
turned out to be a number of months, almost one year.
Many times Andy enjoyed Bobby composing lyrics from his room.
The day Bobby left, Andy found a note on his bed that read:
If I lived to be 1000 years old, I could not have found such a nice couple of people.
I LOVE YOU and I hope you miss me as much as I will miss you.
Your loving second son, Bobby
P.S. You are my sunbeam. . . .
In his later years, Mr. DiDia worked at the family owned D'Amato's restaurant
in Royal Oak, Michigan. As he greeted customers he never failed to drop Bobby's
name and pass out pictures and posters.
Our condolences to the DiDia family.
Andy will be missed.
Special thanks to Lorraine Tillett for sharing this information.
Update 9/12/2014: REMEMBERING BOB CREWE . . .
We are so saddened today to hear of the loss of Bob Crewe.
He was a legendary songwriter/producer/recording star and artist.
Bob worked with Bobby in the studio shortly before Bobby's death, producing Bobby's
single "Happy," as well as assembling the Motown tribute LP Darin 1936-1973
(which was released shortly after this 1974 interview was conducted.)
In the interview, Crewe shares his thoughts about Bobby, both personally and
professionally, and how he put together the album.
Update 7/31/2014: ME AND MR. HOHNER . . .
Bobby's "Me and Mr. Hohner" is featured on a brand new CD compilation
Country Funk II 1967-1974.
Many, many thanks to Steve and Jimmy for their tireless
efforts in keeping Bobby's name out there!!
. . . Also . . .
What timing!! In July, 1968 Bobby announced the formation of his own label,
His second album on that label, Commitment, had "Me and Mr. Hohner!!
Update 7/15/2014: THE MILK SHOWS ARE HERE . . .
A MUST-HAVE for Bobby Darin fans!! Over 90 songs!! Hearing some we've never heard
before and those we know so well, in a completely different, intimate setting is both
fascinating and entertaining!!
As Jimmy says, even Bobby's "own hits are just a little bit different because they're
stripped down, so he gets to re-create them again. This is Darin ... completely raw.
All digitally remastered and edited for uninterrupted pleasure."
"The Milk Shows Promo with Jimmy Scalia"
Listen to audio sample of ALL the songs/purchase mp3's or purchase the CD set here.
You can also purchase the CD set here.
Thanks to Steve Blauner, Jimmy & Anthony Scalia, Billy "Mac" McCubbin.
Update 5/16/2014: GOT MILK? IT DOES A BOBBY GOOD!! . . .
"The Milk Shows" recordings were sponsored by the The American Milk Association
for a 5 minute, 5 days a week radio series for NBC.
Now, thanks to Steve Blauner, Jimmy Scalia and Edsel Records, these
much loved and long a-waited recordings are on CD.
They will be available on June 23, 2014.
The Deluxe 2 CD Casebound Book features a message from
Darin biographer, David Evanier.
Thanks to Jimmy Scalia and Shiying for this information.
TOO LATE BLUES GOES BLU-RAY . . .
Bobby Darin stars in this film by legendary director, John Cassavetes.
"Too Late Blues" also stars Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, and Vince Edwards.
Eureka Entertainment has announced their official release of the
dual format Blu-ray/DVD edition on July 21, 2014.
Special Features ....
Video Essay by film historian, David Cairns.
1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD.
A booklet with vintage interview material, rare archival imagery, and more!
Thanks to Susan Schooley for this information.
Thanks, also, to Steve Hills of Eureka Entertainment, for cover photo.
Update 5/14/2014: 78 YEARS YOUNG ON THIS DAY . . .
Bobby, we know you're still singin' ...
You are still the best!!
Bobby's 75th birthday, May 14, 2011
Those who knew and/or met him remember ...
A Darin Fan Celebrates Bobby's 78th Birthday.
Your birthday wishes are welcome, here!
Update 5/2/2014: DISCLAIMER . . .
To Bobby Darin's fans,
We love Bobby and are committed to see his legacy promoted
and handled so as not to be diminished in any way.
Regarding The Bobby Darin Shows on DVD, we envisioned a fit and true depiction
of the body of work in these shows. However, we were unaware it
was as heavily edited as it was. Further, we were disappointed with the overall
packaging of the product and do regret the final merchandise.
Having said that, the documentary GOING OUT IN STYLE interviews were terrific
and focused solely on Bobby and his NBC shows, which were the subject of this DVD.
As ill as he was, Bobby worked extremely hard to bring good quality programming
to the public. Not only can we witness him persevering through his illness,
but he also left us with very extraordinary performances to cherish and share.
And these shows also gave us "the hour and ten," featured in the "MACK IS BACK" DVD.
We are now working on upgrading the original hour and 10 with an
even-more-improved, great sound. When it's complete, we'll let you know!
It is our goal to see that Bobby Darin's legacy is handled with the respect
it deserves and his fans be treated accordingly.
The Bobby Darin Estate
Update 3/7/2014: WE'RE ON FACEBOOK! . . .
You can still catch Bobby's Website here
and now at his brand new house at Facebook HERE!!!
Update 2/27/2014: DARIN'S ON DVD!! . . .
Dean Martin Presents: The Bobby Darin Amusement Company
premiered on NBC at 10:00pm EDT on Thursday July 27, 1972.
It was the highest rated summer replacement show on NBC
and received overall good reviews.
It returned to the air the following January.
It premiered as The Bobby Darin Show on January 19, 1973.
This much loved and anticipated 3 Disc DVD compilation
of the NBC Shows is set to be released April 8, 2014.
It can be pre-ordered through Amazon.
As Bobby said, "Do it, to it!"
Update 1/1/2014: THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR . . .
"Merry Christmas everybody and a Happy New Year!"
Auld Lang Syne
THESE ARE DARIN TIMES!
Let's ring in the New Year and celebrate Bobby
with a 2014 Darin Calendar!
Click here to download the calendar!
Thanks, Jimmy Scalia, for the calendar!!
... Also ...
DETERMINED FOR DARIN!
Another year passes without a stamp for Bobby. He is so deserving and his
fans are so devoted. Lets keep the faith, remember persistence pays!
Like Bobby said, "Do it to it!!
Click here for more stamp information.
Thanks, Carolyn Smith, for the updated address.
BNR: Connie and Bobby
Baltimore Net Radio is broadcasting a one hour show called
"A Visit with Connie Francis" in which Bobby will be included.
The program will air in two parts
on 1/2/14 and 1/30/14 at 3pmEST and 8pmEST.
Thanks, to Diane Thomas, for this information.
... AND ...
Lastly, we remember Bobby.
On December 20th, we remembered Bobby on the 40th Anniversary of his passing.
Here's the link.
Nobody did it all, the way Bobby Darin did.
Be sure to check out Bobby's current TV schedule at TV- Now!
See you on the web, you cutesy!"
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