Bobby Darin News Page 2003-2001
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December 1,2003: Rest in Peace Teddy Randazzo....
Latest on the Bio Movie
Darin friend and fellow singer/songwriter Teddy Randazzo passed away November 21, 2003. Let us all send condolences to his family.
You can read more about Teddy here
. A special picture of Bobby and Teddy
is shared by Harriet Wasser.
Filming is underway for Bobby's bio "Beyond The Sea". Read about it here
September 28, 2003: Rest in Peace Al DiOrio and Donald O'Connor.... Another New Darin Book in the works
Sad news in Darinfandom this week.....Al DiOrio, author of the first Bobby Darin biography
"Borrowed Time: The 37 Years of Bobby Darin"
passed away this week from complications
of diabetes. Al, who was only 53, was very special to us and we will miss him very much. He
loved Bobby dearly.
More is here
On September 27, Bobby's hero and idol
Donald O'Connor passed away. Bobby starred in the film
"That Funny Feeling" with the legendary actor and Donald also
made a guest appearance on Bobby's 1973 NBC TV show.
Bobby's friend and confidant Harriet Wasser made this statement:
"We lost one of our most gifted talents . As many
of you know, Donald O'Connor was Bobby's favorite all-around performer. He
had a long and fruitful career and will be remembered for his contributions to
the entertainment business.Let us all send condolences to his family."
There is an extensive fansite devoted to Donald on the web
......We have received news of yet another Bobby Darin Biography being written, this one
by NY Posts Michael Starr. More is here.
September 21, 2003: New Bobby Darin CDs from Collectors' Choice....New Darin Book in the works
Collectors' Choice made Darinfans extremely happy with the long awaited release of 6 ATCO LPs on CD.
These include Love Swings, Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles, Things & Other Things, Twist With Bobby Darin,
Winners, and It's You Or No One. Check this link
for more info. THANK YOU COLLECTORS' CHOICE!
Harriet Wasser has informed us of a new book about Bobby that she and Steve Blauner will be involved in, written by David Evanier. Check this link
for more information....
August 3, 2003: Bobby Darin On DVD and Radio
Dick Carr will be paying tribute to Bobby Darin and talking about the upcoming film on his network radio show, Dick Carr's Big Bands Ballads & Blues
. It's a 2-hour weekly airing in over 30 cities around the country. BBB&B is marketed by the WOR Radio Network in NYC. The program in question will air the weekend of August 23.
The Darin Invasion
will be released on DVD September 16th, by View.com.
Megan at view.com has graciously allowed darinfans (restricted to U.S. shipping only) free shipping on this video. Check it out HERE.
March 10, 2003: Bobby on New Judy Garland DVD
On March 25th,maybe earlier, maybe later, The Judy
Garland Show, Vol. 07 (1963) will be released. This two episode
DVD has Bobby's episode on Judy's show also co-starring Bob Newhart
( right now I do not know if it will be available on VHS). It will
be in pristine condition. Bobby and Judy will perform the wonderful
"Train Medley" concocted by Mel Torme. Bobby will also sing "Michael
Row the Boat ashore" and "Canaan " (Also, known as "I'm On My Way,
Great God") solo. Check your local stores or pre- order this at
or any online store. ( Thanks to David King, Pat Zimmer
& Josh Kushins for this info....when I hear of more places to buy
this item, I will list it here.)
March 1, 2003: Kevin Spacey to begin filming Bobby
Darin Bio Movie in June....
Bobby Darin & NBC's "American Dreams".... Two new Books about
Bobby!...."Come September" to released on DVD later this year.....
Yes, the long awaited Bio Movie of Bobby's life
will be made , starring the popular and talented
, who will also direct. Read
The official site statement from Bobby's son Dodd
film. We wish Mr. Spacey
the best in this very special project and are open to hear from
him ! ...The NBC TV series
as Bobby Darin. The episode has already been filmed
and is set to air March 30,2003. However, this airdate may change
so stay tuned ( Thanks to Steve Blauner, Jimmy
and Poe for this information)... A new book
about Bobby entitled
"Me and Bobby D: A Memoir"
by Steve Karmen, a close friend of
Bobby's, will be available in April ( Thanks to Jane Penny for this
information)..... Nationally known and award-winning columnist,
editor and writer, Jack
has written a new book,
"The Big Band Days: A Memoir and Source Book"
. Darin archivist
with this book in the area pertaining to Bobby Darin and Torrie
Zito. This book can be purchased at 1stbooks.com
( Thanks to Jimmy Scalia for this information).... Bobby's film
will be available on
DVD May 6 2003. ( Thanks to Jim Powers for this information)..."That's
All" for now ! Check back soon !
Dec.23, 2002: Darin song featured in trailer for
new film "Catch Me If You Can"... Leave Holiday message for Sandra
Dee...Has it really been 29 years?
You've heard it in the commericals promoting the
film, Bobby's "Don't Rain On My Parade" is heard in the movie trailer
Me If You Can" starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo Di Caprio, which
premieres Christmas day. Enter the
official site and you can even hear Bobby singing "Hey world
here I am!".... if you would like to send Christmas wishes to Sandra
Dee & the Darin family,please go
here.... December 20, 2003 was the 29th anniversary of Bobby's
untimely passing. Time heals but we never forget. Thankfully, due
to his family, fans and those who knew him and loved him , he has
not been forgotton and his memory lives on...
Nov. 16, 2002: Bobby in November Issue of Vanity
Fair Magazine.... Tom Dowd, Darin engineer, passes away Oct. 27...Nick
Venet's 1996 interview Online at NPR.org.... Bobby in second boxed
set of the Judy Garland show from Pioneer in 2003...Tony Orlando remembers
Bobby was featured in an article in the 2002 Music
Issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine. The issue is now off the newsstands
but you can read the article
, courtesy of Cathy Hobson .Thanks to Jimmy Scalia, Alison
Burke and everyone else who notified me of this.... Nick Venet's
1996 interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio's "Fresh
Air" Show can be heard online
. ( Scroll down to bottom of page). It was a very moving
interview. ( Thanks Cheryl Levin for this information)...Hopefully
by Valentine's day, A second boxed set of the Judy Garland show
from Pioneer will be released. Of the five shows remaining, Bobby's
appearance with Judy and Bob Newhart will be featured. ( Thanks
to David King for this information).... Tom Dowd, a music producer
and engineer who worked with music legends like Bobby, Ray Charles,
Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers,
Lynyrd Skynyrd , died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002. He was 77. More is
. Our sincerest sympathies go out to his friends and family.
( Thanks to Dik de Heer for this information)....Tony Orlandos new
Autobiography has many memories of Bobby. It is entitled "Halfway
to Paradise" and is available at Amazon.com
Oct. 5, 2002: Mack The Knife The Musical
Chaz Esposito's "MACK THE KNIFE"..The Musical The Life And Music
Of Bobby Darin will have two shows at: City Stage in Springfield,
Mass on October 25 & 26 at 8PM. The box office phone number is (413)
788-7033. This show has received rave reviews, so if you can see
it, please do! ( Thanks to
Jimmy Scalia for this information.)
May 27, 2002: Darin producer has new official website....
Leave a memorial message for Bobby
One of Bobby's arranger/conductors
Buddy Bregman has a new official website, so be sure to check
it out. . Mr. Bregman started in the music business with Capitol
record's recording trio
"The Cheers" and went on to do arrangements on Bobby's Lp's
"At The Copa" and
"This is Darin. He has had a very significant impact on the
the music industry and is still working today.....On this Memorial
Day, while we are thinking and praying for lost loved ones, why
not visit Bobby's special spot at
Findagrave.com? At this site you may leave a special memorial
for Bobby plus a symbol, such as a flower, if you desire. Just
go to this link and follow the directions they provide. ( Thanks
to Joe for this information.)
May 19, 2002: New Darin CDs to be released this
has announced his company will release two-fer CDs of Bobby Darin
LPs early this summer. They are Earthy/Golden Folk Hits, You're
The Reason/18 Yellow Roses, and Hello, Dolly/Venice Blue. Jim states,
"Exemplar is proud to release these titles (24bit digitally remastered)
as originally sequenced with original artwork and new liner notes."
( Thank you Jim Rose!)
April 29, 2002: Rest In Peace, BJ Baker....Future
probable Darin sighting.....
B.J. Baker, a backup singer on dozens of recordings
from the 1950s and '60s, including Bobby's hit "Dream Lover", died
April 2 in Rancho Mirage of complications from a stroke. She was
74. Our sympathies go out to her friends and family. For more about
Ms. Baker, go
( Thanks to Frank Liptik for this info)....Be sure to catch
the American Bandstand 50th Anniversary Special on ABC, which airs
May 3rd. Bobby should be spotlighted on this. Check your local listings
for time in your area.
March 31, 2002: New Darin Grandchild is born.....Congrats
to Randy Newman
Congratulations to Dodd and Audrey Darin upon the
birth of their new daughter, Olivia Rae. She was born March 9, 2002
weighing 8 lbs 5 oz., with a beautiful head of jet black hair, looking
remarkably like her little sister Alexa did at birth. Mother and
daughter ( and Dad and sister!) doing fine. Congratulations also
to Olivia's grandmother, Sandra Dee.The Darin/Dee legacy continues....
Congratulations to singer/composer
Randy Newman, who won the Oscar for best song "If I Didn't Have
You" for the film "Monsters.Inc." at the 74th annual Academy Award
ceremony. This was his 16th nomination and well deserved. For more
on this visit the Oscar.com
site. As many of you know,, Randy co-wrote Bobby's song
"Look at Me" in 1964....also on the Oscar.com site, Bobby and
Sandra are highlighted on the Oscar Retro Page. Just go to
this link and scroll down to "Sandra Dee" and click....Happy
Feb. 3, 2002: TimeLife.com issues new BD CD... Darin
A&E BIO to be rebroadcast.....BBC Radio salutes Bobby.... More info
on Stan Edwards Darin Tribute CD... Rest In Peace, Peggy Lee
Time Life has released a
new Bobby Darin greatest hit collection ( Thanks to Keith for
this information!) It looks as though, according to the TimeLife.com
website this CD will be advertised on TV so be looking for a TV
commercial featuring BOBBY!......The Bobby Darin A&E
Biography will be rebroadcast on
The A&E Network Feb. 28, 2002....BBC radio recently did a huge
tribute to Bobby. Contact
Darin archivist Jimmy Scalia for more information.... Here is
more information about the new Stan Edwards release
"My Tribute to That Darin Guy" which was co-produced by Harriet
Wasser. ( Thanks to Jimmy).... All of our sincerest sympathies go
out to the friends and family of Bobby's friend and comtemporary
Miss Peggy Lee , who passed
away January 21, 2002. Read more about Bobby and Peggy
Dec. 3, 2001: UK artist salutes Swing Music and
Darin....E Channel's Darin "Mysteries and Scandals" to air again....
Bobby's "Mack The Knife" number one in WCBS-FM's Top 1,001 Songs of
The Century countdown...
I have been informed by Darin UK fan Shane Brown,
that singer Robbie Williams' new CD "Swing When You're Winning",
a big band tribute album, contains "Mack The Knife," "Beyond The
Sea" and a big band version of "Things." It is well worth a listen.
Robbie is quite a sensation in the UK and you can learn more about
him at his website......The
will re-broadcast Bobby's Mysteries
and Scandals on Thursday December 6 at 1:30pm eastern time.
( Thanks to Jim Powers for this reminder)... New York's WCBS-FM
101.1 recently had their countdown of the
Top 1,001 Songs of The Century and Bobby's "Mack The Knife"
topped the list. Also, Bobby's "Dream Lover" came in at #185, "Splish
Splash" was #285, "Beyond The Sea" was #584 and Bobby's "Christmas
Auld Lang Syne" came in at number 58 on their
Christmas countdown.... thanks to James and Christine for this
Nov. 17, 2001: New Darin CD available.... Stan Edwards
Darin Tribute CD is released ....Meet the Darin Archivist...Kohl Christmas
commerical with BD back on the air... Take the BD Quiz at Questar.com...Rest
in Peace "Panama" Francis....
The new Darin Two-fer CD import
Oh Look at Me Now/Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie is available
at many online CD stores.... New York Jazz legend
Stan Edwards has released the CD "My Tribute To That Darin Guy".
This 14 track disc includes Darin standards such as " Rainbow Round
My Shoulder" "That Funny Feeling" "Rainin'" "Two Of A Kind" and
a medley of "Mack The Knife" "Clementine" and "Artificial Flowers".
Also included is Edwards own "That Darin Guy" a tribute to Bobby's
life and legacy. Co-produced by Harriet Wasser and
Len Triola and musically directed by Gary Pace, the album has
been reviewed by WOR DJ Joe Franklin as " a real treat" and by concert
producer Ron Delsener as "heartfelt and authentic". Harriet herself
says "I believe all Darin fans will want this album as part of their
collection. Grab it! You'll love it !" Contact
Len Triola at his website for more information on how to obtain
this great CD.....Meet the official Bobby Darin archivist Jimmy
The TV commercial for KOHL's is running again nationwide with Bobby's
"More" in the background.... Take a
BD Quiz for a chance to win a five dollar gift certificate at
Questar.com!.... Drummer David "Panama" Francis died on November
13th. He was 82 (born 21 December 1918, in Miami). He can be heard
on "Splish Splash", "Queen Of The Hop" and "Judy Don't Be Moody"
and probably on several other early Atco recordings by Bobby. Our
sincere sympathies are extended to his friends and family. ( Thanks
to Dik de Heer for this information.)....... Happy Thanksgiving
Sept. 16, 2001: God Bless America.....Geoff Edwards
chat a success... "MACK THE KNIFE..The Musical" scheduled for November...
All our prayers go out to all touched by the horrific
events that took place in our nation this week. Please visit
The American Red Cross website if you would like to help those
in need. God Bless America and keep us strong.....The chat with
Geoff Edwards was a big success and we thank Geoff for taking time
out from his busy schedule to chat with us. We will do this again
soon ... Jimmy Scalia has
informed me that
Chaz Esposito's "MACK THE KNIFE..The Musical" is scheduled to
run again. It is scheduled for November 2 & 3. There will be two
shows on Saturday at 2PM & 8PM. The venue is Polka Dot Playhouse,
which is located on 177 State Street in Bridgeport, Conn. More details
Sept.4, 2001: Online chat with Geoff Edwards Saturday
Sept. 8...Thank you A&E!
Join us in the
chat room to talk with actor/gameshow host/radio personality
Saturday September 8 at 9pm eastern, 8pm central and 6pm pacific
time. Geoff was a good friend of Bobby's and worked with him on
his NBC television show in 1972 and 1973. We had a great time chatting
with Geoff last year, so join the fun with us on Saturday. Check
back here for any last minute time changes..... Please note: You
will have to be registered with TalkCity.com,
the company who hosts the chat room before you can enter the chat
room. The instructions are here at Talkcity.com
but if you have any questions about this email
me and I will try to help. I would strongly suggest NOT registering
at the last minute , this will save you time.... Special thanks
to A&E and Peter Jones Productions
for the outstanding
A&E Biography on Bobby that aired last week...we all loved the
August 27, 2001: Darin A&E Biography airing Wednesday...Bobby
heard in Kodak Commerical
It is almost here...the debut of Bobby's
A&E Biography , which airs Wednesday August 29, 2001. Don't
miss this! You may also purchase Bobby's Bio from A&E in VHS or
DVD format. This package will include all the programs that air
this week on Biography -- The Hitmakers, Warwick, and the others,
as well as Bobby's Bio. A Very Good value!
More info is here. ....Bobby's rendition of "Beautiful Things"
can be heard on a new Kodak commerical. It has been seen recently
during the airing of the WB network TV series "Charmed". ( Thanks
to Donna and Jimmy for the info.)
July 2, 2001: Harriet Wasser promoting new artist....
Harriet asked me to mention this, and I thank Steve
Taskler, webmaster of JohnnyMercer.com
for this great write -up:
Harriet Wasser ,who was so involved with Bobby during the early
stages of his career, informed us that there is a wonderful singer
on the current jazz scene. His name is Steve
Kaiser and he will be performing on Sunday nights,, July 22nd
and July 29th at the Chez Suzette...located 675B Ninth Avenue, New
York City (Between 46 & 47 Streets). Reservations: 212 974-9002.
Steve will be doing a show which he calls "Mercer and More"..which
will also include songs from his 2 CD's and his extensive repertoire.
Don't miss this guy. According to Harriet, he is incredible!!
Also, Harriet will be interviewed on The Joey Reynolds
Show on WOR-AM this coming Wednesday. Check their
website for details.
June 9, 2001: Darin A&E BIO rescheduled...BD film
Update on new CD two-fers .....
The A&E BIOGRAPHY on Bobby Darin is now scheduled
to air on August 29th.... Bobby's film
"Hell Is For Heroes" is now available on DVD. Please purchase
The Bobby Darin Award Amazon link. This will help a worthy cause
and keeps Bobby's memory alive.... The New import Two-fer CDs( see
info below in previous update) are apparently ready to be released.
You can try ordering them using the
The Bobby Darin Award Amazon link in the UK section of Amazon.
May 25, 2001:New Bobby CD releases....article on
Bobby in Sheet Music Magazine... Interesting Bobby Darin auction item
New CDs out soon include 3 two-fer releases from
Warner Bros. Europe, they are listed as follows: A) Bobby Darin
(First atco LP)/ Two-Of-A-Kind, B) Love Swings/Twist with Bobby
Darin and C) That's All/ This Is Bobby Darin. They retail for 16.99
each and have been advertised in rock periodicals by Rock Classics.
website and contact them for more information.... "The Very
Best Of Bobby Darin",a new 30 track BD compilation is scheduled
for release mid-July 2001 from Good
Music Record Company. A great article about Bobby by Gene Lees
is included in the May/June issue of their publication
Sheet Music Magazine. More details on the CD are coming soon.
(Thank you Bob Morgan for this information)....Andrea Darin is currently
offering for sale a beautiful rare wedding gift she and Bobby received
in 1973. We would like all Bobby's fans to see this special collectors
item and if you are interested, please
place a bid.
March 13, 2001: Darin article in April IN-TUNE Magazine.....
Upcoming BD TV appearances....
Bobby Darin will be featured on the cover and in
an article written by Jimmy
in the April issue of IN
. For ordering information please visit the IN-TUNE
site at the link above. You can also read the publications current
review of Bobby's "Live at the Flamingo" CD , written by Gerry Stonestreet
. Thanks to Jimmy for the info.... Be sure to check out
BD's upcoming TV schedule for March at
March 9, 2001: Bobby's "Mack The Knife" does well
in "Songs of the Century" Poll... Bobby to be on Game Show Network
Bobby Darin's "Mack The Knife" came in at number
15 in the "Songs of the Century" poll conducted by the Recording
Industry of America Association (RIAA) and the National Endowment
for the Arts (NEA). The list, which was released Wednesday, March
7,2001; ranks the top 365 songs of the last 100 years, picked by
voters from all walks of life. More about the list can be found
..... Bobby's appearance on a
"What's My Line"
episode will be broadcast on Sunday March 11,
2001 on The Game Show
schedule for times in your area. This episode also featured
Feb. 27, 2001: Darin A&E BIO premiere date changed...Wilson
School "Jump for Heart" a success...
According to producers at Peter Jones Productions,
Biography on Bobby Darin has been rescheduled for August 14,
2001....The "Jump Rope For Heart" event at Wilson School in Lodi
NJ was a success, click
here for more information.
Feb. 19, 2001: Singer/Songwriter Charles Trenet
dies in Paris
Legendary Singer/Songwriter Charles Trenet, who with
Jack Lawrence composed Bobby Darin's beautiful classic "Beyond
The Sea", died of a stroke Sunday evening Feb 18. He was 87. Our
sympathies are with his friends and family. More is
here. ( Thank you Barbara Bassett for this link.)
Feb. 13, 2001: New Darin CD due in March....Darin
Photo Gallery at IMDB.COM
According to the Bobby Darin estate, Capitol is preparing
a Darin compilation CD entitled: "STANDARDS". It is scheduled to
come out March of 2001 and has 22 tracks which are as follows:
|1. On The Street Where You Live
2. I Got Rhythm
3. From A Jack To a King
4. Fly Me To The Moon
5. Can't Get Used To Losing You
6. Sitting On Top Of The World
8. Hello Dolly
9. 18 Yellow Roses
10. A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
11. I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
12. You Made Me Love You
13. On Broadway
14. Rhythm Of The Rain
15. Call Me Irresponsible
16. Roses Of Picardy
17. Love Letters
18. Moon River
19. You'll Never Know
20. A World Without You
21. Release Me
22. Softly, As I Leave You
Beautiful pictures of Bobby ( and Sandra Dee) at
the Oscars can be seen in the photo gallery at
Internet Movie Data Base. Go to this link and click on Photo
gallery icon...thanks to Bridget Murphy for this information.
Feb.9, 2001: Darin tribute at Mr Lucky.com
Bobby can be heard in real audio at
"On the Air with MisterLucky" throughout the month of February.
Please give it a listen.
Feb.4, 2001: Darin song in new movie soundtrack...New
Bobby's Atlantic recording "The Other Half of Me"
will be included in the soundtrack of the upcoming romantic drama
. The film stars Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves and opens on February
16, 2001. (Thanks to Steve Blauner, Harriet Wasser, and Donna Carter
for this info)... EMI will be releasing two BD Capitol LP's "Hello
Dolly to Goodbye Charlie" and "Oh Look At Me Now" as a two-for-one
CD in September 2001 ( Thanks to Frank Lipsik for this information).....