Bobby Darin walked into the Decca Studios for the first time 60 years ago today!

It’s been 60 years since Bobby first walked into a vocal booth to record as a professional singer.

Here’s the first of 8 total sides Bobby did for Decca that didn’t make a dent on the charts, but wonderful curios that shows Bobby’s vocals were already there – two years earlier than when he first “hit” with “Splish Slash”.


“Rock Island Line” – the popular folk/blues Leadbelly song, was assigned to be his first single, and though not particularly well suited for Bobby at the time (it’s got about a minute of talking blues before he starts to sing!), it’s a fun listen.

The flip side was the first Darin-original laid to record – a thumping Pete Seeger-esque workout.  We’ll post that one shortly!

Rock Island Line Single

For now, enjoy “Rock Island Line”, credited to “Bobby Darin and the Jaybirds” (Decca 9-29883, 1956)!

Bobby Darin Decca Vocal Booth

Bobby in the Decca small studio, 50 West 57th Street, March, 1956


4 thoughts on “Bobby Darin walked into the Decca Studios for the first time 60 years ago today!

  1. Love the photos of Bob in the studio. He seemed so happy to be working on projects.

  2. Fabulous site! Big thanks to Mr. Kissel for bringing this site to my attention.

    Introduced to Bobby Darin through my mother’s album collection. Thank goodness she preferred stereo!

    1. Thanks so much! Your words are greatly appreciated! And it shall grow.. Thanks again, Paul! Ha – I hear ya about stereo!

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