FAQS: Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Official Bobby Darin
website. We hope this helps you nice Darin fans understand some of the things we are trying to do.
Q. Why did you make this site?
A. Back in 1996, when I first got a computer, I was amazed and saddened to see that there was next to nothing about Bobby Darin on the web.I had loved Bobby since I was 12 and wanted to do something for him, but I wasn't sure what. I was always in awe of my friend Mary Spooner's website tributes and was wanting to do the same for Bobby, but I wasn't sure how to go about it.
In early 1997,with the beginning of unlimited internet access (thank God for that, some of you may remember the old days of paying by the hour...it was awful! ) I was seriously considering making a page about Bobby. I communicated with a man named Michael in California and a woman named Liz in NJ by email about starting some kind of a page for Bobby. We weren't really sure how to go about it. Michael and I could not find Bobby's son, Dodd but we both emailed Nik Venet ( Bobby's friend and producer) and he seemed very excited about our idea. I lost contact with Michael ( I still hear from Liz occasionally) as we were both busy with work in the spring of 1997.
In the summer of 1997, I decided to go ahead and give this
my best shot. I bought a scanner for my old Power Mac
to scan my collection of pictures of Bobby.
Using AOL's "Personal Publisher" I made a small page for Bobby.
I showed it to Nik Venet by email and he was very pleased with it. Then I wanted to do more, like my friend Mary was doing. I found some space on Geocities and learned HTML. "The Legendary Bobby Darin" website was officially launched August 7, 1997.
I was not aware that Mr. Venet was very ill that fall, and when he passed away in Jan. 1998, I knew I needed to keep up the site. It was very much a labor of love in progress, as I was learning what and what not to do.( I am still learning.) I wanted to make something special for Bobby, so I kept adding things like movie reviews and a discography and lots of pictures. My goal was to make the site as educational as possible as well as a site for fans to share their love for Bobby.
In the fall of 1998, the webmaster of the Johnny Mercer site contacted me, telling me Harriet Wasser, Bobby's dear friend wanted to call me. I was so thrilled! She was wonderful. Then I was suddenly in contact with Steve Blauner, Bobby's friend and former manager and Dodd Darin. This made me very happy and also relieved , knowing I was doing a good job. When the PBS documentary, "Beyond the Song" premiered in Dec. 1998, the site really took off. I was lucky enough to obtain the domain name of BobbyDarin.net ( which was reimbursed to me by Dodd and several fans ) which I feel honored and privileged
to be using.
In 1999, my friend Donna Carter and I purchased the domain name bobbydarin.com and hope we are putting it to good use.
Sometimes I am asked HOW to make a site...I would suggest starting with an online editor,
like at geocities or some of the free
downloadable HTML editors at
Hotfiles.com. Before you know it, you will get the hang of HTML. A good site
on the web to learn is HTML Goodies.com,
which has a lot of free web authoring tuturials. And you can't beat the View = Source trick
to see HTML coding on a website. Nowadays I just use Windows Notepad to make a page, but
there are many better and easier methods out there. This is just what works
best for me.
Also, please do not get the idea I am an expert on Bobby...I am just a fan,
an ordinary working stiff like most of you. Obsessed?? Maybe, a
little... I did
notice that after the death of my dad in 1997 the site became a big focus
in my life...especially since he died of heart problems. Also,
from Sept 1997 to Jan. 1998, I lost not only my dad ,but
a close friend in a road accident and an Aunt. It was a trying time.
That is not a remark
to invoke pity, but to help you understand that the site and Mr. Darin have somehow
filled a void in my life and it is something I enjoy doing for Bobby. I just want everyone
to know how wonderful Bobby was and he should be appreciated. His
music and his legacy has inspired me through some rough times.
And finally, although this was the first website devoted to Bobby, it
certainly should not be the only one. ( Please check out
I encourage any fan, such as I, to
make a website about Bobby. The more the better as far as BD goes.
Over the years, the website has grown to the point where I needed help. The website team continues to update, make new pages, answer questions and anything else that needs to
be done in order to keep Bobby's legacy alive.
Q. Can I write to Dodd Darin?
A. We get LOTS of mail about this. Dodd is a very unspoiled and generous person and he loves his father very much. I have been asked to respect his privacy, by not sharing his email ( or any other) address. I am dedicated to honoring his request, as I am sure you can understand.
We really want to do the right thing and this is important to us.
Q. Any new CDs on the way?....what about unreleased stuff??
A. When we hear of anything coming out, we try to post it as soon as possible. Sometimes, we hear of this through fans because the companies do not always let us (or Bobby's family) know. There are a lot of "Greatest Hits" compliations and bootlegs of the same material out there that are hard to keep up with. One concert Bobby did in London is out on many labels in bootleg quality. Keep checking the
news page for important releases. We are sure when the movie is out, more CDs will be available.
Q. I just love Bobby Darren, I am his biggest fan. Will he make any public appearances this year?....I have loved Bobby Darrin since he co-starred with Sandra Dee in "Gidget". I think it is so romantic that they got married....Can you ask Bobby Daren to e-mail me? I want to tell him how much I love his records.
A. The above questions strike a nerve in all of us... firstly, one of our major pet peeves is seeing Bobby's last name mispelled in print. ( It is DARIN, NOT DARREN, NOT DARRIN, NOT EVEN DAREN for heavens sake!!!) Secondly, Bobby Darin is not
James Darren (actor and singer, who I do have the utmost respect for. Among James Darrens movies were "Gidget" with Sandra Dee). They are, were and always will be two different people. Thirdly, we cannot fullfill the third request, (although if we could we would be the first in line...on the right!!.. to do so ) because sadly Bobby passed away in 1973. (Although, the number one goal of this site is to prove Bobby never left the building, or our hearts and minds.) Note: Yes we have really been asked these questions!! We hope the site will in itself answer these questions.
Q. This picture is a little blurry....can you make it better so I can print it out?
A. Again, there is a space issue here. It is impossible to make every picture
look crystal clear on the internet without using mega space. We really wish we could
make most of them sharper.
Also, many of the sources of the pictures come from magazines and are printed
on cheap paper. With Video captures, this also depends on the
quality of the sources used, some of it is not perfect, so
we have to make these rather small.
Q. Do you have a list of videos of Bobby for sale?
A. We do not sell videos personally. Check out this page. There are numerous video bootlegs floating around of Bobby, some of them are in public domain. I do hope you will buy
Mack is Back! and other commerical videos, such as the movies that are available, from their original source. This will keep interest alive in Bobby material in the industry, pay the people who made them for a living and keep the door open for newer material to be released.
Q. Sometimes when I go to the site I get a error message. What's up?
A. Sometimes the servers we use to host the site go down for maintainence.....it should only be temporary. We try to keep a close eye on every page of the site and all the links. I am moving a lot of the pages but always put a link to its new location.
However, if a page continues to produce an error for several days, please let us know...sometimes
servers lose data and we need to know so we can replace it. Thanks for your help.
Q. Who played the piano on "Dream Lover"?
A. As mentioned in Bobby's Rhino Box Set, it was Neil Sedaka.
Q. Where can I find this Bobby Darin song on CD? Where can I find this Bobby Darin movie?
For songs, check THIS PAGE. Please
check the discography
page on this site for other music related questions. For a list of BD films and where
you can find them, check HERE.
Q. When did Bobby die? How did Bobby die?
A. December 20, 1973 following his second open heart operation. This operation was
to repair a faulty heart valve that was inserted during his first open heart
surgery in 1971. The valve was inserted because Bobby had suffered
as a child. On top of this, he had contracted Septicemia (blood poisoning)
in 1973 following a dental visit, which was not discovered in time.
Q. Can you send me a free CD?
A. No. We can't afford to do that. This site is our gift to you, hope
you enjoy it. Sorry.
Q. Does Bobby have a fan club?
A. There is no official fan club at the moment. You can join
Official Darinfan email list though, it
is free and a good way to communicate with other fans.
Q. Could you tell me how much my records (and/or
other BD collectibles) are worth?
A. Sorry, we are not a good judge of those things. There are
professionals all over the world that can tell you what you need to know.
Q. Where can I find all the soundfiles (interviews) you have on the site for my own collection?
A. The soundfiles obtained for the site were very costly. We suggest you contact Darin archivist
Jimmy Scalia for info on that.
His email is here.
If you have a question, send an
email. We will try to address it here, as
soon as possible. Thanks for all the input and support.
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