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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!

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!