Darin, Bobby [Cassotto, Walden Robert Perciville]
- Stephen Holden
[Cassotto, Walden Robert Perciville]
(b New York, NY, May 14, 1936; d Los Angeles, CA, Dec 20, 1973). American pop singer and songwriter. In 1958 he wrote and recorded “Splish Splash” (Atco), which became his first success on the chart; it was followed by “Dream Lover” (Atco) and “Queen of the Hop” (Atco), both released in 1959. His next hit, a version of “Mack the Knife” (Atco, 1959) from Kurt Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper, was a skillful rendition in a swing-influenced pop style. His performances reconciled the brashness of teenage pop with the more sophisticated club style of Frank Sinatra. In the 1960s Darin became a leading nightclub performer; his diverse repertory embraced rhythm and blues, country pop, and folk rock. A superb vocal mimic, Darin foreshadowed such mainstream performers as Billy Joel in his ability to adapt his singing to different styles of music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ...