Darin Lifetime Event 2007
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Friday's Theme --- Welcome to Bobby's Vegas --- WE DID IT!!!
Dinner included introductions of all attendees and a few games and give-aways.
Robert Ensler and Quentin Flagg did a great job of performing some BD tunes
without imitating or inpersonating Bobby. Robert did more of the standards --
"Clementine," "Lazy River," and "Mack," while
"Q"(what he likes to be called) did the early up-beat songs --
"Queen of the Hop," and "Splish Splash." They both did a
"Little Cutie" was Joanne Romeo. Joanne spoke to us about how her
family came to meet Bobby and her friendship with him. She and her family
visited Bobby at his home in LA a few times, and often went and visited him
wherever he was entertaining. Bobby was a great influence in Joanne’s life.
She recalls one story when she was eight; she came home from school very upset
and wanted to talk to "Uncle Bobby." Upon calling him, Joanne spent
much time on the phone with Bobby, and he did not hang up until she was once
again happy. Because of Bobby’s influence in her life, Joanne is a
professional drummer and is in several musical troupes in the Northern
Saturday's Theme --- BOBBY ROCKS!!!
Lorraine spoke to us about her friendship with Andy DiDia and his love and
relationship with Bobby. She shared with us about Andy, Bobby and "The
Dream Car." She told us all about the car itself, how Andy and Bobby used
it and how it is now in the automobile museum
in St. Louis, MO.
Bobby’s friends on
video shown Saturday morning were Connie Francis and Frankie Avalon. Thanks to
Jamie for the interview on Connie and thanks to Robert Ensler for the piece
with Frankie Avalon. Jamie asked Connie what song she would sing to Bobby, if
she could and her answer was "every love song ever written." YES, we
all were in tears. Frankie told a funny story of touring in the early years
with Bobby. In 57-58 they were on a long tour and very tired. Somewhere they
got a car and went out driving. Bobby was so tired that he went to sleep in
the back seat while Frankie drove. Frankie was so tired that while stopped at
a light, his foot slipped off the brake. When he stomped on the brake, he
threw Bobby off the back seat and that resulted in breaking a few of his ribs!
He also mentioned that he and Bobby were neighbors in LA and spent quite a few
New Year’s Eves together.
Our guest speaker on
Saturday was Gary Walden. Gary and his wife, Chris, put together a powerpoint
presentation for all of us that was fantastic. It was also set to all Darin
music; Gary would stop from time to time to share stories and memories with us
throughout the presentation. Some items included were family photos, some of
Bobby’s early contracts, show programs, and even one of Bobby’s report
cards from Bronx School of Science. Needless to say, the crowd was mesmerized!
Next up that
afternoon was a tour of the Congo Room at the Sahara Hotel. The person who
agreed to meet us did not show up, so we just went on in and enjoyed! It was
great fun to just sit and imagine and relax in such a memorable spot for a
Darin fan! This was also a memorable spot for Gary, and he pointed out some
things and shared more memories. We were actually rather glad our "tour
guide" did not show up!
Chris Edwards, our
DJ began his "Sock Hop" show at 6:00 pm. This is a guy that has
certainly made the right career choice -- the voice and the personality are a
perfect "DJ" fit! He did a fantastic job! While he broadcast, we
dined, danced, had drawings for Miss Susan’s fantastic gifts and
personalized bags AND had musical entertainment. The gifts that were provided
by Susan, Nicolle, Toni and others, were quite a hit. First of the gifts to be
given out was the "Duet Scents" -- a bottle of Sandy’s
"Joy" and Bobby’s "Zizanie" (provided by Miss Sue). This
top notch gift went to our number one star gal, Miss Jamie Ney! During the DJ
time, the Darinettes did their musical tribute to Mr. Darin, and all was good
in Darinland. The Darinettes were joined with male vocals by Quentin Flagg,
Mark Houseman and Ray Quattrone, each doing a solo number of a Darin song.
Next up that evening
were Billy Aikins and Tommy Amato. They played, sang and certainly did Bobby
proud. They, of course, played to a very friendly crowd and left us on our
feet when the music ended. From there,they took a seat and were joined by
Billy McCubbin. Sharing stories, thoughts and memories of the friend and
fellow musician was a time of pure pleasure for them as well as all of us.
Yes, Billy Aikins still likes to kid that "he plays like he has four
hands" and Tommy is still and always will be "safely tucked."
Billy Mac can recite the famous BD intro that we all have heard on Mack Is
Back, and to this day goes by Billy Mac, the nickname that Bobby gave him.
These guys have not forgotten for a minute their love, friendship and pure
pleasure of having worked with Bobby. They will all tell you that it was
sometimes hard to move on, when you "have worked with the best."
Yes, they did move on, but it was not always easy. I will tell that,
individually, they each shared this with me in private conversations, without
input or pressure from the others. Bobby was simply the best, musically and
emotionally. He was a friend, and a fellow musician. For all of them, no one
else has ever come close -- and of course, they know now, that no one ever
After "The Boys
in the Band" -- "Q" once again picked up the mic and sang and
danced us into the end of our evening -- nobody in the room wanted any of it
Sunday's Theme --- AS LONG AS I'M SINGIN'
Breakfast with Billy
Mac in the Alexis dining room was a great hit -- Billy and his sweet wife
Sharon found themselves surrounded with many new friends and everyone enjoyed
the time we shared together. Billy is a warm and friendly guy, with many fun
stories of his life in the music and entertainment world.
Next up was our
early morning call from Donny Kirshner. Lorraine was the expert interview gal,
leading us all along with conversation and questions & answers with Mr. K.
Only our Lorraine could have the poise and charm to pull this one off. Once
the Q&A time was up, Gary greeted Donny and the two guys had a great
conversation for us all to listen in on! It was heartwarming and emotional for
both guys. Gary shared later that he had had no contact with Donny since he
was 5 years old! Shortly after the call, Lorraine was informed by Donny's
assistant that he had been so touched and moved by his time with us, that he
sat and had himself a good cry after the call.
Next on the agenda
were driving tours of the Darin house and the Pamplemousse. To our great
surprise, the tenant of the home, allowed us all in for a tour and pictures.
She was well aware of exactly who had once lived in this home and was gracious
and welcoming to us all. Gary once again headed up the little tour with
descriptions and memories of the times he and all of his family had been at
the house. Once again, this was a time of mixed joy and sadness for Gary. This
was the last place he saw his Mom and his brother together. I had the
opportunity to be with Gary as he thanked the current resident, and his
heartfelt appreciation for this time of closure was very special. Because
there had been no service for Bobby, many of the events of the weekend were a
kind of finalization for Gary. Seeing the Pamplemousse was a kick, too. This
was an outside only stop, but many laughs and pictures were shared.
Dinner began early
evening (5:30) as we still had a lot to cover. As the meal was winding down,
we viewed videos from Roger Kellaway, Arthur Friedman, and of course, Dodd.
Each of these was special in a very sweet and different way. Roger with
musical memories, Arthur with youthful and movie making memories (BTS) and
Dodd with all sorts of fun, humor and great memories. Dodd’s little film(as
he calls it!) was so sincere, open and caring that there was not a dry eye in
the place. Even the gal who is a local magazine publisher, was caught dabbing
at her eyes. Our guest speaker for the evening, Mr. Bob Rozario, was next up,
and of course entertained us with his sweet spirit and thoughts on his life
with Bobby. He graciously took questions and answers and kept us all laughing
with his gentle humor. Next up was Jimmy with some sweet, and encouraging
words, as well as greeting from "The Boys"(that would be Dodd and
Steve). Then he shared a video of the NBC Amusement Company clips that
he put together for us. After that it was "Birthday Time" and the
Darinettes entertained us with more numbers and together we all sang
"Simple Song of Freedom." What more could you want?? Of course, none
of us really wanted it to end, so once again "Q" picked up the mic
and got us all rockin’ once again -- thank goodness for that youthful
energy! Robert Ensler grabbed the other mic and the two gave us an impromptu
concert, solo and duet.
What a blast! Bobby would have loved it all!
We did it, and we
did it up really nice for Bobby!!
Monday -- The
Star on the LAS VEGAS WALK OF STARS is a reality!
The ceremony was held at the Flamingo Hotel Showroom on Monday, May 14.
Clark County, Nevada
of the Proclamation
there shall be a special dedication ceremony at the Flamingo Hotel in Clark
County, Las Vegas, Nevada at 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, May 14, 2007,
honoring Bobby Darin; and
in conjunction with this ceremony the citizens of Clark County, Las Vegas will
pay tribute to Bobby Darin, who was born Walden Robert Cassotto in the Bronx
neighborhood of New York became an accomplished musician at the age of 15. Bobby
formed a combo at a young age, performing in various small clubs, however his
success began when he signed with Atlantic Records where he was an arranger,
songwriter and to a lesser degree, singer. However, following vocal appearances
on the Dick Clark Show and the Perry Como Show, Bobby was on his way to the top
as a recording star; and
Bobby has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall
of Fame. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1963 performance in
CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D.; and
Bobby married Sandra Dee in 1960 and later divorced in 1967. He prematurely
passed away in 1973 at the early age of 37, while undergoing heart surgery; and
in recognition of the above, a "Star" in honor of Bobby shall be
dedicated in the pressence of citizens and visitors of Las Vegas; and
THEREFORE, WE, the Board of Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada do hereby
proclaim May 14, 2007 to be BOBBY DARIN DAY
ask all citizens and visitors to recognize and pay tribute to Bobby Darin for
his contribution to Las Vegas which has made this wonderful day possible.
MAXFIELD, Vice Chairman
L. WOODBURY, Commissioner
PARRAGUIRRE, County Clerk