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”!
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.
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.
“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.
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!
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!