1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Bobby Darin (born May 14, 1936)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Dream Lover 1959
Bobbie Darin also had hits with Splish Splash in 1958, Mack the Knife in 1959, and Clementine and Beyond the Sea in 1960.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1958-1973 Record Label: Atco
Versatile vocalist Bobby Darin was born Walden Robert Cassotto in New York City. He went to Bronx High School of Science and received a scholarship to Hunter College. He began to write songs and taught himself to play the piano. He found fame at Atco Records in 1958 with his first hit records Splish Splash and Dream Lover, both of which he composed. Late in 1958, Bobby Darin recorded the album ‘That’s All’ an LP of standards that contained his signature song Mack the Knife, which won the 1959 ‘Record of the Year’ and won Bobby Darin the ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy. Mack the Knife is one of the biggest selling records in history. He married actress Sandra Dee in 1960 and in 1963, received an Oscar nomination for his role as a drugged hospital patient in ‘Captain Newman, MD.’ His life was cut short in 1973 when, following his second open-heart surgery, he died at the young age of 37.