What does Rolling Stone think about Bobby Darin?
On its surface, Bobby Darin's is one of the strangest, saddest stories in popular music. Restless and driven, the man born Walden Robert Cassotto in the Bronx hit the upper reaches of the pop charts in 1958 with the novelty ditty "Splish Splash" and stayed on the charts steadily through 1967. His only #1 came in 1959, and stayed at the top for nine weeks straight, with a swinging interpretation of Brecht-Weill's "Mack the Knife" that exuded Rat Pack ring-a-ding-ding brio. That hit provided his entree into adult pop and the Vegas cir-cuit, where he became one of the town's most popular draws through the remainder of the ensuing decade. When Ray Charles fused country and R&B on his 1963 LP, Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music, Darin followed suit with a #3 single in the same vein, "You're the Reason I'm Living," and his own experiment with various fusions involving country music. But that same year, he positioned himself in the vanguard of the folk-rock movement, assembling a band that included future Byrds founder Roger McGuinn on guitar
. ~ [Source: RS - From 2004's The New Rolling Stone Album Guide
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number 251 and the Album ranked at (Thats a big Splish Splash no)
This song has a Definitive 1000 rating of 77.2 out of 108