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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Bobby Darin - Lazy River

On this day in 1960, Bobby Darin recorded "Lazy River."


"(Up A) Lazy River" is a popular song by Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin, published in 1930. The song is considered a jazz and pop standard, and has been recorded by many artists. Bobby's swing ability is on full display with with a powerful, fully orchestrated arrangement by Richard Behrke. Darin turned it into a number that really shook, reaching the Top 20 in the U.S. and confirmed his status as one of the great singers of swing.

Darin recorded this song as a single in 1960 and it was released on February 6th 1961. (US Atco 6188 UK London 9303) The flip side was "Oo-e-Train."
Bobby Darin started as a songwriter for Connie Francis, and recorded his own first million-seller "Splish Splash" in 1958. This was followed by "Dream Lover," "Mack the Knife" and "Beyond the Sea," which brought him world fame. In 1962, he won a Golden Globe for his first film Come September, co-starring his wife Sandra Dee.

Through the 1960s he became more political, and worked on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign, being present on the night of his assassination. This affected him and sent him into a period of seclusion.

Although he made a successful television comeback, his health was starting to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge had always spurred him on to exploit his musical talent while still young. He died at 37, following a heart operation in Los Angeles. (Info mainly Wiki)

1 comment:

krobigraubart said...

Great song, thanks!