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!).
“These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” Mao said. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), annually selects 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2015 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 450, only a minuscule portion of the Library’s vast recorded-sound collection of more than 3 million items.
Listen to the ORIGINAL unmixed session Take 3 HERE!
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
Early January, 1963 was a busy recording time for Bobby at Capitol!
Not only was he laying down the final vocals for his You’re the Reason I’m Living LP, but he also packed in a set of jazzy, pre-1928 tracks for a potential album (Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” dates back to 1864!), and laid down an entire unreleased “Broadway”-themed album..
Recorded on one of three days, Jan 2-4, 1963, “Jealous” finds Bobby in the perfect setting – his vocals are seductive, and the entire arrangement suits him perfectly.
The final line seems almost written for him: “I’m even getting jealous of myself…”
Bobby Darin – “Jealous” (Finch/Little/Mallie) (rec. Jan 2-4, 1963)
First recorded by Marion Harris, Ben Selvin & His Orchestra, and Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra all in 1924, it was written by the long-forgotten writing team of Dick Finch, Jack Little, and Tommie Mallie.
Undiscovered when Capitol went into their vaults many, many times over the years for various CD compilations which contained one or two “previously unreleased” outtakes each (with the exception of the excellent 1999 Collector’s Choice from-the-vaults 25-track CD The Unreleased Capitol Sides – which also missed this gem), this cut was found very recently and premiered on the digital-only Capitol Vaults: Lost Treasures Volume 1 in 2013 – a various artist comp that was released without a whisper – possibly as a copyright extension protection release by way of US iTunes in lossy format (the three tracks remain “unreleased” in the UK).
Fortunately the three Bobby tracks released (“Jealous”, “Alice Blue Gown”, and “I Cried For You”) are available for sale as individual tracks on PonoMusic in CD-quality. PURCHASE THEM HERE.
We’ve also updated the “Complete LP Discography and Session Outtakes” so you can read more about this prolific few days (even by Bobby standards) and amazing sets of recorded tracks!