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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 ...
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Suffered recurring attacks of rheumatic fever from the age of eight until age 13
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Worked summers at Catskill resorts as singing waiter, drummer in local band and later filled in as singer, emcee and did impressions
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Held a variety of odd jobs: swept up scrap in metal factory, cleaned guns for the US Navy at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
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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)
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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
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Signed by Decca to a one-year recording contract
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TV debut, plugging his first recorded songs on CBS' "Stage Show"
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Dropped by Decca (due to intercession of Connie Francis' father)
1957:
Signed by Atco Records (subsidiary of Atlantic Recording Company) (date approximate)
1958:
Co-wrote and recorded first hit, "Splish Splash" (sold 100,000 copies in three weeks; rose to Number 1 over a 13-week period)
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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)
1958:
TV acting debut on "Way of the West" (an installment of the TV anthology series, "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars")
1959:
Signed two seven-year contracts with Universal and Paramount
1960:
First feature film appearance as himself in "Pepe"
1961:
Film acting debut, "Come September" (also wrote title tune and song "Multiplication")
1962:
Left Atco to record for Capitol
1963:
Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in "Captain Newman, M.D."
1966:
Returned to Atco
1967:
Booed from stage of Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas in concert of political diatribes against Richard Nixon, freedom songs and anti-Vietnam songs
1968:
After Robert Kennedy's assassination, Darin sold his music publishing company and possessions, bought a trailer and moved to Big Sur
1971:
Underwent open-heart surgery with the implant of two plastic valves
1972:
Signed with Motown Records
1972:
Hosted own TV variety show, "Dean Martin Presents The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" (summer replacement show)
1973:
Final screen role, "Happy Mother's Day...Love George"

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