Despite only being released as a b-side only to the non-LP single “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” (in mono only) in ‘1962, this gem of a track was originally slated to be the title track to Bobby’s Capitol debut LP, As Long as I’m Singin’ – which became Oh! Look at Me Now albeit with a few alternate takes of the final tracks and the former title track left off the line-up.
The Billy May-arranged “As Long as I’m Singing” came up again as an opener for an otherwise arranged Bob Florence LP, however once again, an As Long as I’m Singing album didn’t happen – this time with most of the excellent recordings such as “Hello Young Lovers”, This Nearly Was Mine”, and “The Sweetest Sounds” left in the can for years, with most of the “leftovers” coming out on various Capitol compilations throughout the 90s and ’00s.
Fortunately, both Bobby and the audience seemed to know how great the song actually was – Bobby used it often to open his live shows and it became a staple of his – the name eventually and aptly finally being used for Rhino’s career-spanning Bobby Darin box set from 1995.
Here is the original 1964 STEREO mix made for the second album taken from the acetate. The mix differs from the excellent stereo debut one done in the 1980s by Ron Furmanek (with brief count-in), in that you can hear a bit more of the piano and there is a generous amount of that vintage Capitol reverb surrounding Bobby’s magical vocals.
From Ken Kelly who prepared this: “I cleaned this acetate on a record cleaning machine and the fidelity is mostly excellent. Minimal sonic cleanup was done to best preserve the feel and vitality of the original recording. So, without further adieu, here is the “Bobby-approved” 1962/1964 stereo mix of “As Long As I’m Singing”…”