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!
For now, enjoy “Rock Island Line”, credited to “Bobby Darin and the Jaybirds” (Decca 9-29883, 1956)!
Bobby in the Decca small studio, 50 West 57th Street, March, 1956