Lifetime Event '09
We're having a
GREAT DARIN AUCTION
Music From the Heart
6 PM Sunday Evening, May 17, 2009
WE 'KEEP DOIN' IT with BOBBY!
Once again in 2009 in LAS VEGAS!
We did it in 2006, 2007 and 2008 AND We need MORE of the same and better!
We are bringing Bobby back to Vegas.
Come join us in 2009 for the Darin fun
PARTY ALL WEEKEND with BOBBY DARIN
Let us ALL celebrate the Lifetime of Bobby Darin.
“Mack turns 50”
Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife” Turns 50
hard to believe that a half century has gone by since Bobby Darin, a young rock
‘n’ roll teen idol from the Bronx, decided
to change the route of his journey to superstardom by turning from rock to
swinging the standards. In
1959 he recorded his first album of songs titled THAT’S ALL.
The first track on the first side, “Mack the Knife,” vaulted into the
stratosphere, made #1 and stayed there for nine weeks.
It won the Grammy award for Song of the Year and Bobby Darin won a Grammy
as Best New Artist. From that point
on, Darin made it a career habit of startling his audience with creative,
original interpretations of familiar songs and turns of direction.
remains one of the greatest and most popular recordings of the 20th
century. As recently as November of 2008, Billboard rated “Mack the
Knife” as #3 of the 20th century.
We can imagine that given the chance, Bobby would be brashly demanding to
know why it wasn’t rated #1.
in taste and versatile in talent, Bobby Darin was an artist capable of greatness
in a time where none was expected in a popular singer - when a
singer was relegated to one box and told to meet the expectations of his
audience. In carving a career
whereby Darin liked to challenge and surprise his audience, he also insisted on
pleasing himself and followed his own, singular artistic journey.
His choice of interpreting Mack the Knife as a swinging, yet ultimately
murderous lover was just the beginning of his audaciousness.
us raise a glass to Bobby Darin and toast his immortal recording of “Mack the
Knife,” and then let us not forget to toast his creative cohort Richard Wess,
the arranger who took half-step modulations and big band counter melodies to new
heights and made them a Darin trademark.
Though we hope and keep searching for, and then smile at the number of
singers who try the Darin mantle on for size, we all know deep in our hearts
that Darin was a one-of-a-kind and, thus far, irreplaceable.
At the same time, we also take heart in knowing that his music lives on
and will as long as there are people who listen to music for pleasure.
Darin, the quintessential performer and his rip-roaring “Mack” survived the
changes in popular music that occurred over the past fifty years.
From folk-rock, through punk and hip-hop, Darin and “Mack” are still
here and selling CDs for all time. Let
us also take note that two more Darin forever-songs turned 50 this year:
“Beyond The Sea” and “Dream Lover.”
Put them on your player or turntable and give them a listen.
They will sound clever, vital, and strikingly modern.
“Mack the Knife” was just the beginning point of an extraordinary career that was filled with a unique vision forged from passion, heart, intelligence and sensuous stylishness. Thirty-six years beyond his passing, its end point has yet to be determined. His stature continues to rise as his influence on young artists continues to grow. Amazing.
"Once in our lifetime we may have the opportunity to experience the talents of a very special entertainer. Bobby Darin was one of those rare entertainers. Talent, style, charisma all packed into one dynamic personality. Annually, fans and friends gather to celebrate, acknowledge and promote the career, talents and extraordinary life of this man."
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