Bobby Rocks

Bobby Rocks

by Bobby DarinBobby Darin


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Although he's hardly the natural choice for a volume dedicated strictly to rock & roll waxings, Bobby Darin nonetheless holds up surprisingly well when his early career is separated from his supper-club peak and his folk-rocking later career. Bobby Rocks, one in an excellent series from Bear Family (which includes volumes on artists ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis to Sonny James), focuses on the late '50s and early '60s. During these years, Darin was first a struggling songwriter and Brill Building hang-about, then, later, a brief one-hit wonder when "Splish Splash" became yet another of the rock novelties that convinced all adults within earshot that music had hit a new low. His recording career had a rocky start, however, when during 1956 he briefly recorded for Decca. All that changed once Darin signed to Atco the following year and began recording with its famed triumvirate -- Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, and Tom Dowd -- and magic inevitably began to happen. Darin proved himself not just an agile songwriter with an eye on the charts, but also an energetic R&B singer. (His love of Ray Charles made him one of the hippest white pop singers in New York.) That Brill Building pedigree may have also resulted in an inordinate number of takeoffs on R&B hits of the day, but Darin's new songs were quite good -- and far from the usual method of undercutting the originals as other pop singers had. "Splish Splash" is naturally still one of the most smoking novelty hits of its day, and his "Mighty Mighty Man" is a revelation, rivaling the Southern blue-eyed soul then being produced by Elvis Presley and Charlie Rich. Bobby Rocks may focus strictly on a short period when Darin was known for one novelty hit, but it reveals that Darin was an artist even before he put on his suit and started hitting the supper clubs.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2011
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127163103
catalogNumber: 16310
Rank: 88116

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Darin   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Hank Garland   Guitar
Neil Sedaka   Piano
Jordanaires   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Frank Capp   Drums
Dave Pell   Saxophone
Ronnie Lang   Saxophone
Lou Levy   Piano
Buddy Bregman   Leader
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Nino Tempo   Saxophone
Porcino   Trumpet
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Harold Diner   Trombone
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Ernie Freeman   Piano
David Frisina   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
William Green   Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Anatol Kaminsky   Violin
Millie Kirkham   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Robert Ostrowsky   Viola
William R. Perkins   Saxophone
Walter Raim   Conductor
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
John Rotella   Saxophone
Ray Siegel   Bass
Carlos Vidal   Percussion
Torrie Zito   Leader
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Farris Coursey   Drums
Phil Sobel   Saxophone
Thomas J. Tedesco   Guitar
Sam Freed   Violin
Joe Stepansky   Violin
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano,Leader
Jack Pleis & His Orchestra   Track Performer
John Anderson   Trumpet
Joseph G. Joe Comfort   Bass
Francis L. "Joe" Howard   Trombone
Ronnie Zito   Drums
Clifford E. "Bud" Shank   Saxophone
Milton G. Bernhart   Trombone
Bernard Kessel   Guitar
Oliver E. "Ollie" Mitchell   Trumpet
Donald R. "Ritchie" Frost   Drums
Emil "Richards" Radocchia   Percussion
Robert Cooper and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir   Saxophone
Jimmy Haskell   Conductor,Leader
George Martimore Roberts   Trombone
Charles T. Gentry   Saxophone
Jaybirds   Track Performer
John Jesse Sailes   Drums

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Lonnie Donegan   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Woody Harris   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Jim Economides   Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Todd Everett   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Composer
Dick Jacobs   Arranger,Producer
Don Kirshner   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Cynthia Young   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Howard Cockburn   Reissue Producer
Marvin H. Hughes   Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Discographical Information
Rudy Clark   Arranger,Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Donald Wolf   Composer
Russ Wapensky   Discographical Information
Sven T. Uhrmann   Photo Restoration
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Murray "The K" Kaufman   Composer
Jimmy Haskell   Arranger

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