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.
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!
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