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Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin


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Also Known As: Died: December 20, 1973
Born: May 14, 1936 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure resulting from implanted valves that malfunctioned after open-heart surgery
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Music ...


Suffered recurring attacks of rheumatic fever from the age of eight until age 13
Worked summers at Catskill resorts as singing waiter, drummer in local band and later filled in as singer, emcee and did impressions
Held a variety of odd jobs: swept up scrap in metal factory, cleaned guns for the US Navy at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Changed name to Bobby Darin (reputedly from the phone book; another version says from the sign of a Chinese restaurant, 'Mandarin' with the first three letters burned out)
Wrote radio commercials which he sometimes sang with former Bronx High School of Science classmate, Don Kirschner (later a music publisher and promoter); also wrote songs together
Signed by Decca to a one-year recording contract
TV debut, plugging his first recorded songs on CBS' "Stage Show"
Dropped by Decca (due to intercession of Connie Francis' father)
Signed by Atco Records (subsidiary of Atlantic Recording Company) (date approximate)
Co-wrote and recorded first hit, "Splish Splash" (sold 100,000 copies in three weeks; rose to Number 1 over a 13-week period)
Recorded "Early in the Morning" for Brunswick Records under singing group name of 'The Rinky Dinks'; Brunswick forced to withdraw record after "Splish Splash" became hit (and re-recorded song with Buddy Holly)
TV acting debut on "Way of the West" (an installment of the TV anthology series, "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars")
Signed two seven-year contracts with Universal and Paramount
First feature film appearance as himself in "Pepe"
Film acting debut, "Come September" (also wrote title tune and song "Multiplication")
Left Atco to record for Capitol
Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in "Captain Newman, M.D."
Returned to Atco
Booed from stage of Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas in concert of political diatribes against Richard Nixon, freedom songs and anti-Vietnam songs
After Robert Kennedy's assassination, Darin sold his music publishing company and possessions, bought a trailer and moved to Big Sur
Underwent open-heart surgery with the implant of two plastic valves
Signed with Motown Records
Hosted own TV variety show, "Dean Martin Presents The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" (summer replacement show)
Final screen role, "Happy Mother's Day...Love George"

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