1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Sombody to Love recorded by Bobby Darin with orchestra conducted by Richard Wess
Written by Bobby Darin Introduced September 26, 1960, on Atco records #6179
After Splish Splash*, Queen of the Hop, Dream Lover*, Mack the Knife, and Beyond the Sea zoomed to the top-ten in the late fifties, Bobby Darin’s 1960 recording of Somebody to Love* didn’t fare nearly as well—landing only 45th place in the Billboard Top 100. It should have been a much bigger hit because it is jaunty recording with an infectious arrangement, a lively chorus, a catchy fifties lyric, a snappy beat, and Bobby Darin at the top of his form on this, his most typically fifties-style release. In Somebody to Love, he laments “travelin’ so doggone much” that he doesn’t have a steady girl. It was released as the ‘B’ side of Artificial Flowers, the tear-jerking story of the despair and death of ‘little Annie’ from the Broadway musical ‘Tenderloin.’
Born in New York City, Bobby Darin taught himself to play the piano and he sang commercial jingles and demos of the songs he wrote. During his short, fifteen year recording career he was a singer who wanted to do a lot of things including popular standards, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, and lounge singing which make his work more versatile than other fifties performers. He left behind a considerable quantity and diversity of recorded work.
* Songs recorded and written by Bobby Darin
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"I’ve been all over this country, I’ve been halfway around the world, I’ve been travlin’ so doggone much that I haven’t got a steady girl"