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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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Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin - Bobby Rocks
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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...

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Bobby Darin: Christmas with... plus
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(2011/Delta) 20 tracks (49:36) slipcase packaging Features all 14 tracks from his 1960 Atco album ‘December 25th’ - The only Christmas album ever recorded by this much-loved--and tragically short-lived--singer. Contains some of his most majestic vocal performances....

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Bobby Darin: The 25th Day Of December With Bobby Darin (plus)
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(1991/Atlantic-Atco) 14 tracks - digitally remastered stereo version of the original 1960 mono album, plus one bonus track!

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Bobby Darin: Mack The Knife - The Best Of Bobby Darin Vol.2 (CD Japan Edition)
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(ATCO/WEA Japan) 21 tracks 1950s and 1960s, digitally remastered from the original mastertapes.

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Bobby Darin: This Is Bobby Darin
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(1994/ATLANTIC) 12 tracks

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Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin (CD)
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(1994/ATLANTIC) 12 tracks

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Bobby Darin: From Sea To Sea - Live 1959 & 1967 (CD)
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Track 1-4 from a Australian Rock & Roll show 1959. Track 5-17 from the London Palladium TV Special 1967. (1992/LIVE GOLD) 17 tracks (57:00)

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Bobby Darin: Twist With Bobby Darin - Stereo (CD)
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(2003/CCM) 12 tracks - his rockin' 1961 album stereo

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Bobby Darin: The Legendary Bobby Darin (CD) Europe
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(2004/EMI) 24 tracks 1960-65 digitally mastered (3 unreleased versions) with 16 page booklet

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Bobby Darin: Another Song On My Mind - The Motown Years (2-CD)
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(2016/Real Gone Music) 38 tracks. Bobby Darin Is One of the All-Time Great Pop Vocalists, and Perhaps the Most Versatile Male Vocalist Ever In the Early ‘70s. Bobby Darin Signed with Berry Gordy’s Renowned Motown Records, Where He Reinvented Himself Again,...

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Bobby Darin: Live From Las Vegas - Centennial Collection
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(2005/CAPITOL) 14 tracks (52:19), recorded live at the Flamingo 1963. Digipac with 6 page booklet. last copies!

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Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin
Art-Nr.: LP2011013
 

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(Rumble) 12 tracks. Reissue of Bobby Darin's original 1958 Atco debut album! Often compared to Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin, Bobby was one of the greatest American singers. Born in the Bronx to a poor, working class family at the height of the great depression,...

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Bobby Darin: Sings The Standards (CD)
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CD on EMI RECORDS by Bobby Darin - Sings The Standards (CD)

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Bobby Darin: The Magic Of - Emi Presents Bobby Darin
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(2001/EMI) 20 tracks Capitol 1962-65 / last copies !

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Bobby Darin: Darin At The Copa (CD)
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(1994/Atlantic Records) 14 Songs

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Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle (CD)
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(1998/Crimson) 10 tracks - The original 1967 album on CD!

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Bobby Darin: Aces - Back To Back (CD+DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDHY9324
 

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(2004/HYENA) 20 tracks (CD) plus DVD (Code 0) with live clips and rare footage (private & studio) Highlight ! Klasse Live Concert plus DVD mit raren Ausschnitten und Archivmaterial - 24 Seiten Booklet mit vielen Fotos und Kommentaren von Dion, Brian Setzer,...

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Bobby Darin: Moods Swings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEST910
 

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​(1999/Edsel) 15 tracks

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Bobby Darin: Ultra Lounge - Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol.2 Bobby Darin (CD)
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CD on CAPITOL RECORDS by Bobby Darin - Ultra Lounge - Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol.21

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Bobby Darin: Don't Dream Of Anybody But Me (2-CD)
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(2010/JASMINE) 54 tracks 1958-60

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Bobby Darin: The Magic Of ...
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(2006/EMI) 20 tracks, 1962-66. Album includes great interpretations of popular hits of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Bobby Darin: Splish Splash (CD)
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(1991/ATLANTIC) 20 tracks, includes the rare track 'Similau'!

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Bobby Darin: Beyond The Sea - Very Best Of (2-CD)
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(2004/WARNER UK) 40 tracks 1958-1969 with 12 page booklet

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Bobby Darin: The Best Of Bobby Darin
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(2006/COLLECTABLES) 10 tracks - original Capitol recordings

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Bobby Darin: As Long As I'm Singing - The Bobby Darin Collection (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN72206
 

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(Rhino) US-Longbox, 96 tracks 1957-72 with 63 page booklet incl. single and album discography.

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Bobby Darin: Shadow Of Your Smile - In A Broadway Bag...plus (CD)
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(2007/EDSEL) 29 tracks 1966 with 12 page booklet

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Bobby Darin: A Touch Of Class (CD)
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CD on DISKY/NL RECORDS by Bobby Darin - A Touch Of Class (CD)

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Bobby Darin: If I Were A Carpenter - Inside Out...plus (CD)
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(2007/DEMON) 27 tracks 1966/67 with 8 page booklet

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Bobby Darin: Greatest Hits Vol.2 (CD)
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(ATLANTIC) 15 tracks

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Bobby Darin: Beyond The Song - Documentary (0)
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(WHITESTAR/MPI) NTSC, English, 4:3, Dolby 2.0, Color/B&W, 60 mins; - stunning portrait with interviews (Connie Francis ! a.o.), rare TV & private clips plus many complete performances from 1956-1973. Great !

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Bobby Darin: A Night With Bobby Darin (DVD)
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(UMBRELLA) Region Code 0, PAL, Color, English, 5.1, Dolby Stereo, 4:3, 100 mins - 1970 TV Show special taped at the peak of his popularity, BOBBY DARIN is joined by a young and just-emerging LINDA RONSTADT, and the charming GEORGE BURNS. Includes his classic songs...

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Bobby Darin: Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase)
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(2011/RHINO/ATCO)

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Bobby Darin: Splash Splash (CD)
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(1994/Backbiter) 20 tracks

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Bobby Darin: The Best Of Bobby Darin, Vol.2 (CD)
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​(1991/Atlantic) 21 tracks

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Bobby Darin: Love Swings (CD)
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(2003/CCM) Bobby's Legendary 1961 Concept Album, First Time On CD! stereo

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Bobby Darin: Winners (CD)
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(2003/CCM) 12 tracks 1960 Stereo

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Bobby Darin: If I Were A Carpenter - Inside Out...plus (CD)
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(1998/DEMON) 27 tracks 1966/67 - last copies

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Bobby Darin: You're The Reason I'm Living - 18 Yellow (CD)
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(2006/COLLECTABLES) 24 tracks - two original Capitol albums

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Bobby Darin: Sings Doctor Doolittle & Born Walden Robert Cassotto...plus (CD)
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(2007/DEMON) 20 tracks 1967/68

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Bobby Darin: I Got Rhythm (CD)
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​(2002/EMI Gold) 20 tracks

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Bobby Darin: Dream Lover
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​ 24 Bit remastered - Papersleeve

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Bobby Darin: The Milk Shows - Deluxe Edition 2-CD
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(2014/Edsel) 96 tracks - Hardcover gatefold digipac w. 12 page booklet. 91 previously unreleased radio recordings plus annotation, take from NBC Radio shows, that Bobby Darin hosted in the mid-1960s.

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Bobby Darin: For Teenagers Only...plus
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(2009/CCM) 16 tracks. The original 1960 Atco Mono Album plus 4 unissued Stereo rarities.

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Bobby Darin: Roberto Cassotto - Rare, Rockin'& Unreleased (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROS1001
 

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​(1997/Ring Of Star) 30 tracks

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Bobby Darin: 16 Greatest Hits
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(Companion) 16 tracks, recorded for Atco and Atlantic!

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Bobby Darin: Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase)
Art-Nr.: CDRN98366
 

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Bobby Darin: Oh! Look At Me Know (1962) re-issue
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Bobby Darin: The Bobby Darin Story - Mack The Knife
Art-Nr.: LPAXIS160
 

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(1989/SOUNDVALUE) 12 tracks - New Zeland re-pressing

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Bobby Darin: Capitol Collector Series (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP91625
 

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(1989/CAPITOL) 20 tracks / special price - last copies !

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Bobby Darin: Definitive Pop Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70809
 

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(2006/RHINO) 30 tracks digitally remastered

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