1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Tarriers Alan Arkin, (b. 1934), Bob Carey, Erik Darling, (b. 1933)
The Tarriers' famous EASY-POP hit single in the 50s: Banana Boat Song (Day-O) 1956
This was the only top-ten hit recording for the Tarriers.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1956 - 1957 Record Label: Glory
In 1950, teenage Erik Darling became fascinated with folk musicians who gathered on Sunday in Manhattan’s Washington Square. He met Bob Carey, an 18-year-old Brooklyn College student, and the trio was completed with Alan Arkin. Glory Records signed them to back balladeer Vince Martin on Cindy, Oh Cindy, it was a hit and so was a cover by Eddie Fisher. In 1956, the Tarriers recorded The Banana Boat Song (Day-O), a fusion of two Jamaican folk songs that they had heard Bob Gibson perform in Washington Square. It became such a hit that RCA Victor capitalized, releasing Harry Belafonte’s single of The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) from his ‘Calypso’ album. In 1957, Alan Arkin left the group to pursue acting, won a Tony award for ‘Enter Laughing’ and remains a well-known character actor. Erik Darling performed with the Weavers and the Rooftop Singers and charted another pop hit, Walk Right In. Bob Carey’s personal problems led to a physical decline and in the seventies his body was found on a Central Park West bench.