Me and Bobby D.: A Memoir
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Me and Bobby D. Me and Bobby D.: A Memoir by Steve Karmen ,. Me and Bobby D. The year is , at the dawn of rock and roll, a crossroad in the entertainment business rarely written about. Cassotto changes his name to Bobby Darin, makes his first recording, and he and Karmen are booked on the road for their first job ever as entertainers into Club Temptation, a seedy nightclub in suburban Detroit. In addition to the above-mentioned themes, some of his most memorable compositions are: Karmen lives in Westchester, NY. Hardcover , pages.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 14, Carol Dunn rated it it was amazing. Great stories on life with Bobby Darin as he made his way in show business! Ruth Clegg rated it really liked it Jun 28, Katie rated it it was ok Aug 20, Bill rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Wendy rated it it was ok Jul 29, Ray Wright rated it liked it May 20, Jenelle rated it really liked it Apr 07, Kristina rated it liked it Feb 24, The novelty-tinged "Splish Splash" was his breakthrough smash, followed by "Queen of the Hop" and the ballad "Dream Lover.
Me and Bobby D. : a memoir
In late , he found a new direction when the swinging "Mack the Knife," a tune from Brecht-Weill's musicalThreepenny Opera, made number one. The song came from an album of pop standards, heralding his move toward light big-band jazz, which was consolidated by the Top Ten success of "Beyond the Sea" in In the early '60s, Darin had mostly abandoned rock for the adult pop market, becoming a huge success on the Vegas-nightclub circuit, and moving into the all-around entertainer mode with starring roles in movies including one as a non-singing jazz musician in John Cassavetes' Too Young Blues.
Around , he put a folk section into his nightclub act that employed guitarist Roger McGuinn, who was then a couple of years away from fame as the leader of the Byrds. Darin didn't make the expected retreat into Rat Pack land when his records stopped making the upper reaches of the charts in the mid-'60s. In , there was a rather nice self-penned jangly folk-rocker, "When I Get Home," that become a British hit for the Searchers. Darin may indeed have been far hipper and more politically aware than the average nightclub act, covering tunes by Dylan and the Rolling Stones, participating in a civil rights march to Alabama, and penning some Dylan-influenced songs of his own in the late '60s.
It doesn't seem accurate to say that this was the true Bobby Darin, shedding his show biz skin for something that came to him more naturally; in , the same year he covered Jagger-Richards' "Back Street Girl," he also recorded material for an album titled Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle. By the early '70s he was working Vegas and similar joints again, exchanging his blue jeans for a tuxedo, and hosting a TV variety series.
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In a much odder turn of events, began recording for Motown, though these efforts met little success. Afflicted with a rheumatic heart, Darin was always aware that his time might be limited, and he died near the end of during open-heart surgery.
A four-CD box set, divided into thematic discs, attempted to put his wide-ranging efforts into perspective. Spacey also directed and sang Darin's songs for the film, which were released as the film's soundtrack.
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Beyond the Sea may have been the splashiest celebration of Darin's legacy, but the singer never receded from the pop culture spotlight, as his music continued to appear in films and see reissues, including the compilation Another Song on My Mind, which shined a spotlight on his underappreciated Motown work from the early '70s. Bobby Darin View on Apple Music. Aug 24, The Lost Motown Masters 24 songs.
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