Bobby Darin

May Timeline

Here are some significant events in the life and
career of Bobby Darin for the month of May:

  • May 14, 1936: Walden Robert Cassotto (Bobby Darin ) is born.

  • May 1957: Bobby records first two ATCO singles in Nashville.

  • May 2, 1959: Bobby appears on the Dick Clark Beechnut Show.

  • May 7-17, 1959: Bobby opens for George Burns at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe.

  • May 31, 1959: Darin appears on the Ed Sullivan Show.

  • May 12, 1960: Darin is featured in a cover story in the jazz magazine, Down Beat,
    ("Bobby Darin and the Turn from Junk Music").

  • May 1962: While at the Copa, Bobby introduces a "folk" segment into his act;
    he accompanies himself with a guitar on the tune "Cottonfields."

  • May 6, 1962: Bobby makes an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

  • May 19, 1962: Bobby performed at President Kennedy's Birthday Salute
    Remarks by JFK

  • May 20, 1967: Darin appears on the television special, "Bobby Darin in London."

  • May 1968: Bobby campaigns for Robert Kennedy.

  • May 15, 1968: Bobby arrives in Vancouver to appear at The Cave Theatre Restaurant.
    For his 32nd birthday CPA stewardesses Sonya Jepsen and Bette Thompson greet him
    with a cake and kisses. Songs performed at The Cave were "Mack the Knife," "Pass By Me,"
    "Under My Skin, "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Talk to the Animals."
    (Thanks to Cathy Merra for this information.)

  • May 30, 1968: Bobby is the first performer at the new San Francisco supper club,
    Mr. D's. Here, he receives news that Robert Kennedy has been shot on June 4.

  • May 13-18, 1969: Darin plays the Troubadour in L.A. with four piece band, sings songs
    from Direction LPs and debuts "Simple Song of Freedom."

  • May 13, 1969: Bobby guest stars on The Joey Bishop Show.

  • May 1970: Bobby takes out newspaper ads denouncing the U.S. invasion of Cambodia.

  • May 12, 1970: At an anti-war demonstration, Bobby addresses a crowd (of mostly USC
    students) at City Hall in Los Angeles. He announces "Phone for Peace" and urges the
    crowd to phone the White House.

  • May 21, 1970: "Bobby" (instead of "Bob") is back at the Landmark in Las Vegas. He
    returns "Mack the Knife" to his show.

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