Bobby Darin’s “Weeping Willow” Complete 1966 Studio Outtake!

To celebrate Bobby’s upcoming 80th Birthday on May  14, 2016, we are pleased to finally bring you a COMPLETE studio mono mix of the outtake, “Weeping Willow”!

Weeping Willow

Recorded over 50 years ago now (!) we’ve all waited long enough for this one (you’ve been SO patient!) – you’ve seen the snippets of him recording this fun, jaunty tune in various documentary clips… here is the closest-to-end-result for EVERYONE to enjoy!

Sourced from the cleanest mono mix that we have unearthed, what better way to begin Bobby’s 80th birthday celebration?  May 14 oughtta be a World Holiday IMO, but I digress..

We cannot overstate the immense talents of the amazing Bobby Darin and the impact he left on the music world – but his music and spirit lives on.

Bobby as a kid all Decked out

On May 14, 2016, Bobby would have turned 80 years old.  Many have asked, “what do you think Bobby would have done if he had lived past 37… or at least another few decades?”

We have our thoughts, but would love to hear yours… chime in on the comments below on your thoughts and your thoughts of “Weeping Willow!”

Recorded at the same session as the Bobby-written original, “Rainin'” in Feb. 1966, “Weeping Willow”, also arranged by Dick Wess, was most likely intended as a b-side to an aborted “Rainin'” single.

“Rainin'”, which opens Side 2 of “Sings the Shadow of Your Smile” is a slower, wonderful song – another example of Bobby writing on par with the “standards” he was singing at any given time.

Sings the Shadow of Your Smile Mono LP

“Rainin'” was released a year later as the b-side to the smash hit (and Top 10 single) “If I Were a Carpenter” from Bobby’s album of the same name.  So if they didn’t catch it on “Sings the Shadow of Your Smile”, they definitely got to hear it when “If I Were a Carpenter” became a hit.  After that, it seems “Weeping Willow” got left behind – Bobby was always on the move, and the treasure trove of unreleased-at-the-time material shows that.

Rainin B-Side 45 White

So without further ado… here’s “Weeping Willow”, Studio Outtake Mono Mix Complete, 1966

APOLOGIES!  JIMMY SCALIA (“The Official Authorized Blah Blah Blah” Bobby Darin “Archivist” in NAME ONLY) DOES NOT WANT FANS TO HEAR IT!   Such a shame and such disregard for Bobby’s fans… another reason this site was created!

Rainin Picture Sleeve

 

The only weeping that should be done while listening to this great cut is for those who are no longer with us, but are in spirit – the many die-hard fans of his who never got to live to hear this outtake – and the good-kinda weeping – for Bobby himself and all the joy he has brought us (and keeps bringing!).

Happy Birthday, Bobby!

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12 thoughts on “Bobby Darin’s “Weeping Willow” Complete 1966 Studio Outtake!

  1. It’s a joy to listen to this clean version of this wonderful song. You’re doing terrific work, Jeff.

  2. Spectacular! He probably would have done more acting, and maybe gone into producing, with only occasional concerts. I would have loved to see him in more films.

  3. Jeff, Wonderful! Great, clean version. I’ve played it over and over. It just bounces along.

    1. Jimmy deserves NO respect. This short downtime will hopefully be temporary… we just want to give the fans what they want.. I apologize for removing it (for now!) but I hope you understand!

  4. Disappointed to hear that Jimmy won’t allow fans to hear this. I managed to listen to it while the post was available. It’s awesome.

  5. And what is Jimmy’s excuse for refusing to allow us to hear this session? What is the big deal?

    I can just hear Bobby lecturing him about being “big brother”, only worrying about profit, and an enemy of his for only worrying about a privileged few. And this after Jimmy once told me (paraphrasing) “it was time for Bobby to go cuz his mind was no longer working right anyway”.

    Never liked or trusted the man.

  6. I feel like I would do a better job as an archivist than Jimmy Scalia! It is very disappointing.. he could make so much interesting footage available for the fans.. even Bobby’s official website is in 90s format! I wish BD had more recognition nowadays – his talent is unbelievable! Shame a lot of people wont know it.. upset I couldnt hear Weeping Willow, it sounds amazing! I love that clip

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