Bobby’s Final Recordings – Another Song on My Mind – The Motown Years – 2-CD Archival Set Out Now!

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It’s arrived!  The set we’ve been asking for for YEARS has come to fruition thanks to the unbelievably passionate and diligent work of Joe Marchese and the Gang at Second Disc and Real Gone Music!

Buy it now and get it tomorrow-ish!  Click links for US, UK, and Canada..

Motown Years

Bobby Darin, Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years (Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music, 2016) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)

From the Official Press Release:

Will the real Bobby Darin please stand up?

Between his first single in 1956 and his final recordings in 1973, the artist born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936 blazed his path through rock-and-roll, big-band swing, jazz, R&B, soul, country, folk, pop, rock, and everything in between.  Yet each reinvention was genuine, and each represented the real Bobby Darin.

The driven artist brought fervor and passion to every style he tackled throughout his tragically-short life.  Tomorrow, Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music finally bring to compact disc the final chapter of Bobby Darin’s career in celebration of what would have been his landmark 80th birthday on May 14.  The new 2-CD set Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years captures the late artist, who died at 37 years old on December 20, 1973, as many fans have never heard him.  If you only know the sock-hop swinger of “Splish Splash,” the tuxedoed crooner of “Mack the Knife” or even the heartfelt protest singer of “Simple Song of Freedom,” there’s a new Bobby Darin for you to discover here.

At Motown, Bobby brought together the many strains of his musical DNA in truly remarkable fashion.  He was joined on his Motown journey by a host of illustrious names, among them Smokey Robinson, Bob Crewe, Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson, Joe Porter, Gene Page, James Carmichael, Charles Fox, and more. This 2-CD set includes:

Bobby Darin Motown Self Titled

  • The original Bobby Darin album (1972), never on CD anywhere in the world;
  • The posthumously-released Darin 1936-1973 album (1974) in producer Bob Crewe’s original LP mix for the first time ever on CD;
  • Every one of Bobby’s Motown singles including the super-rare “Melodie” and “Someday We’ll Be Together” in both mono and stereo;
  • Five alternate Darin 1936-1973 mixes as originally issued on the short-lived 1991 CD release;
  • Remastering from the original analog master tapes by acclaimed engineer Kevin Reeves; and
  • Detailed liner notes featuring brand-new interviews with Motown legends Smokey Robinson and Jerry Marcellino!

In our exclusive interview, Smokey Robinson observed, “Bobby was, I think, the ‘in-between’ singer.  Bobby was in between the era of Frank Sinatra and those guys like that, and the new pop culture.  So he was a great mix of that.  The real evidence of that was when he recorded ‘Mack the Knife.’”  Indeed, Bobby bridged the generation gap with “Mack the Knife” (recently saluted by Billy Joel onstage in Las Vegas) and continued to do so in his recordings for Motown.  (And there’s much more from Smokey in the booklet!)

Another Song on My Mind features Bobby’s fresh interpretations of songs by a host of remarkable writers. Bobby had collaborated with Randy Newman on the song “Look at Me” for the 1964 motion picture The Lively Set. Here, he tackles Newman’s masterpiece “Sail Away” in majestic style. Bobby also brought new life to tracks by Cat Stevens (“Hard Headed Woman”), Paul Williams and Roger Nichols (“I Won’t Last a Day Without You”) and Bob Dylan (“I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”) as well as a pair of his own, personal compositions (“Something in Her Love” and our shimmering title track, “Another Song on My Mind”). On Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson and Deke Richards’ “Melodie,” Darin tapped into The Sound of Young America to create a thrilling slice of Motown soul. His emotional, moving performance of Smokey Robinson and Michel Legrand’s “Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues)” is a tour de force. Sizzling renditions of “Mack the Knife” and “If I Were a Carpenter” seal the deal, proving without a doubt that Bobby Darin was still at the top of his game during his time at Berry Gordy’s revolutionary record label.

Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years marks the first release in the second year of Second Disc Records, and all of us here at TSD couldn’t be more proud or excited to share this release with you!  The celebration for this one-of-a-kind artist and entertainer doesn’t end here, however!  Please visit our friends at The Bobby Darin Underground, a new and already essential resource and community for longtime and new Darin fans alike.  You’ll discover a wealth of history there, as well as a new musical rarity posted each and every week in recognition of Bobby’s singular legacy!

Tomorrow we celebrate the extraordinary pairing of two American icons, Bobby Darin and Motown Records.  We hope you will check out Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years from Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music at the links below!  And don’t miss the rest of Real Gone’s May 6 slate right here!

Bobby Darin, Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years (Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music, 2016) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)

CD 1: Bobby Darin and bonus material

  1. Sail Away
  2. I’ve Already Stayed Too Long
  3. Something in Her Love
  4. Who Turned the World Around
  5. Shipmates in Cheyenne
  6. Let It Be Me
  7. Hard-Headed Woman
  8. Average People
  9. I Used to Think It Was Easy
  10. My First Night Alone Without You
  11. Melodie (Original Single Version) (Mono)
  12. Someday We’ll Be Together (Original Single Version) (Mono)
  13. Simple Song of Freedom (Live) (Original Single Version) (Mono)
  14. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live) (Original Single Version) (Mono)
  15. Sail Away (Original Single Version)
  16. Hard-Headed Woman (Original Single Version)
  17. Average People (Original Single Version)
  18. Something in Her Love (Original Single Version)

CD 2: Darin 1936-1973 and bonus material

  1. I Won’t Last a Day Without You
  2. Wonderin’ Where It’s Gonna End
  3. Sail Away
  4. Another Song on My Mind
  5. Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues)
  6. Blue Monday
  7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  8. The Letter
  9. If I Were a Carpenter (Live)
  10. Moritat (Mack the Knife) (Live)
  11. Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) (Original Single Version)
  12. Simple Song of Freedom (Non-LP Single) (Alternate Mix Single Version) (Mono)
  13. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Non-LP Single) (Alternate Mix Single Version) (Mono)
  14. I Won’t Last a Day Without You (Alternate CD Version)
  15. Wonderin’ Where It’s Gonna End (Alternate CD Version)
  16. Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) (Alternate CD Version)
  17. Blue Monday (Alternate CD Version)
  18. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Alternate CD Version)
  19. Melodie (Stereo Single Version)
  20. Someday We’ll Be Together (Stereo Single Version)

CD 1, Tracks 1-10 from Bobby Darin, Motown LP M753L, rel. August 1972
CD 1, Tracks 11-12 & CD 2, Tracks 19-20 from Motown single M 1183, rel. April 19, 1971
CD 1, Tracks 13-14 from Motown single M 1193F (initial pressing), rel. November 24, 1971
CD 1, Tracks 15-16 from Motown single M 1203F, rel. June 2, 1972
CD 1, Tracks 17-18 from Motown single M 1212F, rel. November 3, 1972
CD 2, Tracks 1-10 from Darin 1936-1973, Motown LP 813V1, rel. 1974
CD 2, Track 11 from Motown single M 1217F, rel. November 20, 1972
CD 2, Tracks 12-13 from Motown single M 1193F (second pressing), rel. November 24, 1971
CD 2, Tracks 14-18 from Darin 1936-1973, Motown CD 3746351852, 1991

Bobby Darin – “Splish Splash” Rare Stereo Single Mix with Exclusive Intro and Warm-Up!

Bobby records and introduces his first smash – “Splish Splash” (1958) in 1961 – with original session musical warm-up and rehearsals!

I’d like to take a brief moment to THANK everyone from AROUND THE WORLD (even some countries we’ve never heard of!) who has written, chimed in and thanked us for “Keeping the Legacy of Bobby Darin Alive” with this dedicated fan tribute site – we’re overwhelmed with the love and support – we hope Bobby (“upstairs” as you’ll hear in his intro) and his family truly understand how deeply he is loved.

Splish Splash Single

Stereo mix exclusive to “The Bobby Darin Story” LP from 1961.  Happy 80th Birthday Month Bobby Darin!  Your music and spirit live on… we love you!

Stereo LP re-press coming soon from Friday Music on 180g Vinyl!

Read more about this April 10, 1958 career-making session from UK Darinologist and author of the BOBBY DARIN: A LISTENER’S GUIDE, Shane Brown on his personal blog HERE!

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!

Bobby’s Exclusive Song “That’s How It Went, All Right” from his Debut Film Performance in 1960’s “Pepe”!

Bobby was a busy, busy man in 1960, and with an eye on pictures, he made quite a splash in his 5-minute debut performance in the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated all-star singing cast and film, “Pepe” in which the protagonists encounter some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (including Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Jack Lemmon, Sammy Davis Jr., and lucky for them and us, BOBBY DARIN!).

Pepe Film Poster Quad

This number, written by the esteemed Andre Previn and recently married wife Dorothy (Langdon) – a perfect tune for Bobby and he nails it.

Most likely recorded at the same session Bobby recorded the theme to “Tall Story” by the same writing team (“Tall Story” would appear as the b-side to Bobby’s “Clementine” single – though he sang the theme song, Bobby did not appear in film).

From the Colpix Records stereo soundtrack, “Pepe” long out of print on LP, but re-released on CD in 1999 by Collector’s Choice Music… Colpix Records was created just two years earlier by Columbia Pictures-Screen Gems (now Sony Screen Gems) and “Pepe” was one of their first LP releases.

Pepe LP

Bobby Darin, “That’s How It Went, All Right” (Previn/Langdon) (Stereo) rec. 2/5/196

Settle in to this great song… and just wait for Bobby to really “kick in” – this neglected cut (never released on a Bobby Darin comp) really cooks!  Enjoy!

Purchase the original 1960 LP or the OOP 1999 CD Soundtrack HERE!

Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical Coming to Sydney, Australia – Here’s Bobby’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Broadway’s “Funny Girl”!

A new musical based on the life of and music of the amazing Bobby Darin is coming to Sydney, Australia!  You lucky Aussies..

Dream Lover David Campbell Bobby Darin Musical

“Don’t Rain On My Parade” from the musical “Funny Girl” (1964) seemed MADE for Bobby to belt.  Recorded and released as the final track on Side 1 of his excellent “In a Broadway Bag” LP in 1966 (before the movie starring Barbra Streisand came out in ’68) here’s the well-balanced STEREO mix of this great number!

Is there a better opening to a Bobby recording than “Hey world… Here I Am!”?  Pay close attention to his quiet vocals before that opening line… he’s revving up!

In a Broadway Bag

Listen to Bobby’s powerful studio version here!


“Don’t  Rain on My Parade” (Merrill/Styne) (Stereo), Prod. Bobby Darin, 1966

Note: The “In a Broadway Bag” LP was originally released under the title “Mame” in the UK, same tracklisting –  Bobby’s take on the song, “Mame” was the surprise hit from the “In a Broadway Bag” LP.

Although the cut was not the album opener, or even the first track on Side 2, Bobby would play this song FIRST UP in his many live appearances during this time – and used to great effect as his opener on his BBC special, “Something Special”, in 1967.

Get the original vinyl, very rare on CD, or purchase the track from PonoMusic here!

And here’s the official page for Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical!  Read all about it!

Fantastic Rare 1963 Capitol Album Cut “Who Can I Count On?” duet with Merry Clayton of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”!

Recorded in mid-Jan, 1963, this fun, addicting, upbeat duet for the country-tinged “You’re The Reason I’m Living” LP finds Bobby taking on the b-side to Patsy Cline’s 1961 hit single, “Crazy”!

Merry Clayton Singing

Not only is Bobby’s duet partner a deep-voiced soulful powerhouse that bounces off him perfectly, but this is Merry’s FIRST commercial appearance on record ever, and unbelievably was only 14 years old at the time of recording!..

A mere 6 years later, the world will forever know Merry’s soaring voice as the counterpoint to Mick Jagger’s in the ubiquitous Stones’ smash, “Gimme Shelter”.

Merry Clayton could sure belt it out – check out her-pre Stones hit, with the great Bobby Darin – sure sounds like they had a great time, and once again, Bobby finds the right talent before anyone else has caught on to put out a heckuva joyous number!..

Merry Clayton Quote on Bobby Darin

Listen to this rare duet here!

“Who Can I Count On?” with Merry Clayton (Sammy Masters), 1963

Left off the 4-CD “The Capitol Years” box set, “Who Can I Count On?” can be found on the second side of the original Capitol LP, 1963’s “You’re The Reason I’m Living”, produced by Nik Venet.

You're the Reason I'm Living LP

You can purchase the track in CD-quality at PonoMusic or on the OOP 2-fer CD paired with 1965’s “Venice Blue” LP HERE

Bobby’s “Mack the Knife” Entered Into Library of Congress! Celebrate with These Two Original “Mack” Session Outtakes!

Bobby Darin’s Classic “Mack the Knife”s Time Has Come!

Mack the Knife Time

Now recognized by The Library of Congress as one of the 25 most important recordings selected in the past year, Bobby’s version of “Mack the Knife” is being preserved as the National Treasure it is.

Read more about this historical moment – possibly Bobby’s greatest achievement to date.

National Recording Registry Recognizes “Mack the Knife,” Motown and Mahler

From the Library of Congress, March 23, 2016:

“These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” Mao said. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), annually selects 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2015 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 450, only a minuscule portion of the Library’s vast recorded-sound collection of more than 3 million items.

Mack the Knife Picture Sleeve

Listen to the ORIGINAL unmixed session Take 3 HERE!


[“Mack the Knife”, Take 3, Session Outtake, December 19, 1958]

and Take 7 (with false start) on the About Page HERE!

Read More About The National Recording Preservation Board HERE.

Bobby Rocks His Own Story on “Route 58” in 1969!

Bobby took a lot of flack for bouncing around genres once he achieved huge success in each style – the labels had quite a challenge promoting this immense and restless talent.

First leaving teen pop after a quick string of hits to record more “adult” material (“58” most likely refers to “1958” as he name-checks dates in “Route 58″).

A strong, rocking number with a similar sentiment to Rick (who also abandoned “Ricky” at the time in effort to shake the teen pop image) Nelson’s “Garden Party”.

“I’ve been too busy listenin’ to what everybody else had to say.  Advice – huh! – is nice, but I know I can’t live twice.  And anyway once is all you need it you live the right way…” – Bobby Darin, “Route 58”

BD 1969 Route 58

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Written, arranged and produced by Bob(by) Darin in 1969, by this time he had immersed himself in so many genres, he was recording for his own label, Direction, so he could put out the music he wanted out there.  Not a subsidiary of a major label like Atlantic or Capitol with huge promotional resources, studios, and distribution, but truly his own – Direction Records.

Left in the can for decades after recording the cut in 1969, commercially available now as a bonus track on his “Commitment” album of the same year – available at PonoMusic in CD-quality.  PURCHASE THE TRACK HERE

Bobby’s Capitol Studio Outtake “Jealous” Now Streaming!

Early January, 1963 was a busy recording time for Bobby at Capitol!

Not only was he laying down the final vocals for his You’re the Reason I’m Living LP, but he also packed in a set of jazzy, pre-1928 tracks for a potential album (Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” dates back to 1864!), and laid down an entire unreleased “Broadway”-themed album..

Recorded on one of three days, Jan 2-4, 1963, “Jealous” finds Bobby in the perfect setting – his vocals are seductive, and the entire arrangement suits him perfectly.

The final line seems almost written for him: “I’m even getting jealous of myself…”

Bobby

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Bobby Darin – “Jealous” (Finch/Little/Mallie) (rec. Jan 2-4, 1963)

First recorded by Marion Harris, Ben Selvin & His Orchestra, and Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra all in 1924, it was written by the long-forgotten writing team of Dick Finch, Jack Little, and Tommie Mallie.

Undiscovered when Capitol went into their vaults many, many times over the years for various CD compilations which contained one or two “previously unreleased” outtakes each (with the exception of the excellent 1999 Collector’s Choice from-the-vaults 25-track CD The Unreleased Capitol Sides – which also missed this gem), this cut was found very recently and premiered on the digital-only Capitol Vaults: Lost Treasures Volume 1 in 2013 – a various artist comp that was released without a whisper – possibly as a copyright extension protection release by way of US iTunes in lossy format (the three tracks remain “unreleased” in the UK).

Fortunately the three Bobby tracks released (“Jealous”, “Alice Blue Gown”, and “I Cried For You”) are available for sale as individual tracks on PonoMusic in CD-quality.  PURCHASE THEM HERE.

We’ve also updated the  “Complete  LP Discography and Session Outtakes” so you can read more about this prolific few days (even by Bobby standards) and amazing sets of recorded tracks!

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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