Imagine learning when you are a young child that you are only expected to live until the age of 30. This was the reality that Bobby Darin was forced to cope with. Even in his early teens Bobby Darin knew just what he wanted to do with his life. He craved the spotlight and realized early on that music was in his blood. Not only did he love to sing and perform before live audiences but he was also an extremely gifted songwriter and a talented musician as well. And because of his serious medical condition he was determined to make a name for himself before the age of 25. Well lo and behold Bobby Darin did just that!!
In 2002 Rhino released "Bobby Darin: The Hit Singles Collection" featuring 20 of Bobby's all-time greatest hits. What a collection! From rock and roll favorites like "Queen of the Hop" and "Splish Splash" to the sensational "Beyond The Sea" and "Mack The Knife", Bobby Darin was one of the few artists of his era who was able to appeal to teen and adult audiences alike. In fact, during his four year stint at Atco records between 1958 and 1962 Bobby Darin placed more than two dozen singles on the Billboard Hot 100. "Bobby Darin: The Hit Singles Collection" features other memorable hits like 1961's "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" and one of my personal favorites "Things" from the summer of '62. With an eye on broadening his horizons Bobby moved on to Capitol records in 1963. Rumor has it that he made the move so that he could record in the same studio where Ol' Blue Eyes made his biggest and best records. Though many of his albums at Capitol were critically acclaimed, Darin never did achieve the commercial success he had hoped for. Nevertheless, Bobby Darin managed to have a pair of Top 10 hits while at Capitol. "You're The Reason I'm Living" and "18 Yellow Roses" are both included on this disc. Times they were a-changin' and Bobby returned to Atlantic records in 1966. His recording of Tim Hardin's folk tune "If I Were ACarpenter" proved to be one of the surprise hits of that year. Sadly, we lost Bobby Darin to heart failure on December 20, 1973. He was just 37 years old! In December 2009, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced that Bobby Darin will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award (post-mortem) at the 2010 Grammy Awards ceremony. It is an honor that is long overdue.
"Bobby Darin: The Hit Singles Collection" includes a thoughtfully done 20 page booklet packed with photographs, an informative biography and interesting chart information on each of the 20 tunes in this collection. It is priced right and would be a great addition to your music collection. A great big thumbs up on this one! Highly recommended!
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Along with Elvis Presley and Jackie Wilson, Bobby Darin was one of the few singers to successfully apply R&B vocal styles to pop material. He was among only a handful of entertainers who could bridge the gap between '50s rock fans and their Sinatra-loving parents. Darin grew up poor in the Bronx, eager for fame at a young age because he knew early on that he'd been born with a potentially fatal heart condition. He earned acclaim as a singer, songwriter, producer, concert performer, and dramatic actor, as well as an outspoken advocate of civil rights and social change. Darin died at age 37, when his heart finally gave out. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, shortly before the release of his son Dodd's book Dream Lovers and Rhino's much-lauded four-CD boxed set As Long As I'm Singing: The Bobby Darin Collection. Rhino's The Hit Singles Collection is the first truly comprehensive single-CD hits collection from the swingin' Hall Of Famer. It features 20 classic tracks released between 1958 and 1966, including "Splish Splash," "Dream Lover," and the GrammyÂ®-winning "Mack The Knife."
1. Splish Splash 2. Early In The Morning 3. Queen Of The Hop 4. Plain Jane 5. Dream Lover 6. Mack The Knife 7. Beyond The Sea 8. Clementine 9. Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey 10. Artificial Flowers 11. Lazy River 12. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby 13. Irresistible You 14. Multiplication 15. What'd I Say 16. Things 17. ...