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CD album digipac with 48-page booklet, 36 tracks, playing time 82 mns. Samples the Rock and... more

Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin - Bobby Rocks

CD album digipac with 48-page booklet, 36 tracks, playing time 82 mns.

Samples the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter's early career, features two of ,Bobby Darin's first recordings, and includes rare alternate takes. Features musicians including King Curtis, Sam 'The Man' Taylor, Hank Garland and Neil Sedaka, and has exclusive photos, discography, and notes including interviews with several of ,Bobby Darin's early friends and collaborators.

Splish Splash wasn't the beginning for Bobby Darin, nor was it just a flirtation with rock 'n' roll. Forming a band in high school, ,Bobby Darin ,first played pop hits of the early '50s and standards, before becoming one of rock 'n' roll's pioneers, cutting records reminiscent of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Little Richard, and writing what became one of Buddy Holly's biggest hits Early In The Morning. This collection draws from sessions originally released on Decca, Atco, Brunswick and Capitol. If Mack The Knife is the beginning and end of Bobby Darin to you, you're in for a big surprise.

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  • Interpret: Bobby Darin

  • Album titlle: Bobby Darin - Bobby Rocks

  • Genre Rock 'n' Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AR
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127163103

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Darin, Bobby - Bobby Darin - Bobby Rocks CD 1
01 Bullmoose (original 45 version)
02 Splish Splash
03 Mighty Mighty Man
04 Judy, Don't Be Moody
05 I Want You With Me
06 Pretty Betty
07 Early In The Morning
08 Plain Jane
09 Queen Of The Hop
10 I Ain't Sharin' Sharon
11 Wear My Ring
12 Pity Miss Kitty
13 I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five and
14 You Know How
15 Dream Lover
16 Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name
17 Now We're One
18 Keep A Walkin'
19 Don't Call My Name
20 All The Way Home
21 Brand New House
22 She's Tanfastic
23 Oo-Ee Train
24 Multiplication
25 You're Mine
26 Sorrow Tomorrow
27 So Mean
Darin, Bobby - Bobby Darin - Bobby Rocks CD 2
01 Ruby Baby
02 Since You've Been Gone
03 Rock Island Line
04 Silly Willie
05 Queen Of The Hop (alternate take)
06 Splish Splash (alternate take)
07 Plain Jane (alternate take)
08 Clementine
Bobby Darin The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame – the list of performers, not the museum... more
"Bobby Darin"

Bobby Darin

The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame – the list of performers, not the museum in Cleveland – has often generated its share of controversy; most often having to do with the credentials of one inductee or another. More specifically, "was that artist 'rock 'n' roll'?"

The question has been raised relative to soul men and women, folk artists, country singers, rappers, and Miles Davis. Not to slight their contribution to music, generally, but do they belong in the same Hall of Fame as (say) Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley?

Steve Blauner, Bobby Darin's long-time manager and even longer-time friend, heard that question often, stemming from Darin's induction in 1990 – the same year as The Who, Hank Ballard, The Kinks, The Platters, The Four Tops, The Four Seasons, and Simon & Garfunkel.

You see the problem? Even more than some of the others, Darin stood out: Mister Mack The Knife, wasn't he? The man who, during a very brief 37 years on Earth, made his greatest and arguably most lasting mark as a tuxedoed finger-snapper, fronting a big band and wowing adult audiences at New York's Copacabana and in Las Vegas?

Well, it's a little more complicated than that.

"He almost didn't get into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame," says Blauner, "because put on a bow tie. But all of those people back then wanted to be Bobby – he was their Sinatra." And by "back then," Blauner is talking about before Mack The Knife, when Bobby Darin was scuffling the New York streets, looking for a hit; any kind of hit.

In fact, Bobby Darin was singing and playing before rock 'n' roll even existed. This compilation gathers several – but hardly all – of Darin's more rocking sides, a mere sampling of a musical career that went from calypso to rock 'n' roll; from Sinatra-styled pop to country and folk. And all before Darin died from a defective heart at the age of 37 on December 20, 1973.

The Calypso Years

Bobby was raised by the women he knew as his mother, sister and brother-in-law in Manhattan's  Delancy Street projects. That was, friends, say, a key to his ambition; another was a lifelong heart condition that began with rheumatic fever in his infancy (Nina, the woman Darin introduced as his 'sister' was, in fact, his mother; his 'mother,' his grandmother. Bobby did not know this, though, until he was 30. Charlie Maffia, Nina's husband, was, though not Bobby's father, highly influential in his life).

"He was raised in the slums under the Triborough Bridge," explains Steve Karmen. "His struggle was not so much to have a hit as to escape his background."

When Karmen met Darin, both were attending the Bronx High School of Science, and it was the early '50s.  "I was playing my saxophone in a school recital, and Bobby approached me; he wanted to form a band," says Karmen. "The swing era was coming to a polite end and rock 'n' roll was just coming in."  The group also included pianist Eddie Ocasio, Dick Behrke on trumpet, and guitarist Walter Raim. Everybody sang. "We were all learning our instruments, really," Raim told Jeff Bleiel. "Bobby was a talented, musical kid. He decided that he would be the drummer, then he learned to play…"

"We played up-tempo blues with a heavy backbeat," Karmen elaborates, in addition to stock arrangements that were available to anybody – though, Karmen admits, "When you can't read music, it's hard to be a musician.

"In those days,"  he continues, "we'd learn ten songs, then when we'd run through all of those, we'd repeat 'em."

The band split when Darin graduated. "Dick and Walter wanted to be serious musicians," explains Karmen. "Bobby and I wanted to be entertainers.

I learned mandolin and guitar, and Bobby picked up some piano. When Harry Belafonte started becoming successful, we started doing his act – only wearing suits and ties."

Karmen and Darin played professionally, if only just so; gigs included shows in Catskill Mountain resorts, opening for or between featured acts. They started in the summer of 1951, making $35 per week.

Somewhere down the line, Don Kirshner entered the scene.

"I was working as a bellhop in Atlantic Beach, and had just written my first song. One day I was at a candy store near my house in Washington Heights, and a girl I knew walked in with Bobby – who was working as a janitor in the neighborhood. He was impressed because I was big-time; I'd just had my first song ['In All Of My Dreams'] published. We walked over to the girl's place, where she had a piano. Bobby proceeded to play me five songs; I said 'Let's team up, and we'll be the biggest thing in the business'."

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Eine weitere CD der ..... Rocks-Serie in hervorragender Aufmachung und Qualität. Die Titel wie immer ohne Überraschung, weil gut auf der Website dokumentiert. Dazu dann noch das beiliegende Booklet mit Discographie und sorgfältig recherchierter biografischer Skizze zum Künstler, in diesem Falle Bobby Darin.
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