Bobby Darin was an American singer, songwriter, and actor in movies and TV. He sang a variety of music. Before he rose to stardom he was a songwriter writing for singer Connie Francis.
His first million seller came in 1958 “Splish Splash”. The big hits that followed were “Dream Lover”, “Mack the Knife”, and “Beyond the Sea”. In 1962 Darrin won a Golden Globe Award for his first movie “Come September” in which he performed with his first wife Sandra Dee. Darrin began having health problems which stemmed from his childhood when he got sick with rheumatic fever and tragically died at the age of 37 after a heart operation in Los Angeles, California.
Darrin wrote his million-selling single “Splish Splash” in just an hour. Afterward, he wrote another single in 1959 which became a multi-selling song “Dream Lover”. He followed this with “Mack the Knife” which came from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera and he gave it a jazz-pop kind of interpretation. It was a big success for him and rose up to number one on the charts and went on to sell two million copies. In 1960 this song won Darrin the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Then came “Beyond the Sea” which was also jazzed up and came from the English version of Charles Trenet’s hit French son “La Mer”. In the late 1950s had a sell-out performance at the Copacabana nightclub in Manhattan in New York City and also headlined at all the major casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 1962 Darrin started to write and sing country songs such as “Things”. “You’re the Reason I’m Living”, and “18 Yellow Roses”. He sang the opening and closing songs on the soundtrack of the Walt Disney movie “That Darn Cat” in 1965. In 1972 he had his own variety show on TV The Bobby Darin Amusement Company. In 1973 he also made various TV guest appearances and continued to draw crowds in Las Vegas.
On December 20, 1973, Bobby Darin died at the age of 37 after heart surgery. There was no funeral as he has wanted his body to be donated for medical research.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 2007 he was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. Darin has his star on the Walk of Fame. A custom-built car which he had built called the “Dream Car” is on display of the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. He also received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Grammy Awards ceremony.