The Legendary Bobby Darin

The Legendary Bobby Darin

by Bobby DarinBobby Darin


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In a recording career lasting 17 years, Bobby Darin spent only three of those years, 1962-1965, signed to Capitol Records. They were busy years for him in the recording studio: he released seven Capitol LPs, five of which made the charts, and 11 Capitol singles, eight of which entered the Billboard Hot 100, two of those, the self-written, country-styled "You're the Reason I'm Living" and "18 Yellow Roses," reaching the Top Ten. Still, his relatively brief Capitol sojourn was not as memorable as his two stints at Atlantic Records, 1958-1961 (on the Atco subsidiary) and 1966-1967, which accounted for his eight other Top Ten hits, including the chart-topping "Mack the Knife." Naturally, however, Capitol has re-compiled its Darin catalog several times over the years, starting with 1966's deceptively titled The Best of Bobby Darin. In 2004, with a film biography and two book biographies imminent, Capitol tried again, and The Legendary Bobby Darin is the label's longest and most comprehensive attempt at a Darin compilation yet, topping out at 70-plus minutes and covering the stylistic bases of the singer's eclectic dabbling in rock & roll (the title song from his 1962 movie If a Man Answers), country (the hits noted above), folk-rock (the Atlantic recording of the Top Ten hit "If I Were a Carpenter"), and, of course, traditional pop. The last actually dominates the collection, with Darin, employing such arrangers as Frank Sinatra stalwart Billy May, turning in his versions of early-'60s show tunes and movie themes like "Once in a Lifetime," "Moon River," and "Hello, Dolly!" To give the collection the appearance of a more complete hits set, live versions of the Atco hits "Beyond the Sea" and "Mack the Knife" have been included, and the album concludes with two previously unreleased live cuts, both recorded in Las Vegas in 1963, the first a hits medley and the other a version of "The Curtain Falls." The result is a respectable effort that still represents only a slice of Darin's recording career.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2004
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724359457727
catalogNumber: 94577
Rank: 66899

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Darin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Billy May   Conductor
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Donald Peake   Conductor
Bobby Rozario   Conductor
Ernie Freeman Combo   Conductor
Richard Weiss   Conductor

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Carl Smith   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
André Previn   Composer
Joe Bushkin   Composer
Sacha Distel   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Dory Langdon   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jim Economides   Producer,Audio Production
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Gary Jackson   Composer
Charles Koppelman   Producer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Norman Newell   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Riz Ortolani   Composer
Donald Peake   Arranger
Walter Raim   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Richard Wess   Arranger
Don Rubin   Producer
Tom Morgan   Producer,Audio Production
James Van Heusen   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer,Audio Production
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Nino Oliviero   Composer
Raynard Miner   Composer
Steve Douglas   Producer,Audio Production
John DeVries   Composer
Diana Barnes   Art Direction
Eric Maschwitz   Composer
Manning Sherwin   Composer
Hal Shaper   Composer
Giorgio Calabrese   Composer
Antonio de Vita   Composer
Sol Weinstein   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ernie Freeman Combo   Arranger
Rob Christie   Producer
Richard Weiss   Arranger

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