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”
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