Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin

Original Name Walden Robert Cassotto
Birth
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 20 Dec 1973 (aged 37)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Donated to medical science, Specifically: Donated to the UCLA Medical School
Memorial ID 4134 · View Source
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Singer, Actor. He received notoriety as an award-winning American singer in the mid-20th Century. Born into a poor, working-class family as Walden Robert Cassotto, his father died a few months before he was born. His English mother had been a professional entertainer for many years, but after his father's death, she was forced to raise him and his older sister, Nina, on welfare payments. He was a sickly child and at eight years old, was diagnosed with Rheumatic fever, which left him with a weakened heart and the fact that he would have a short life span. After high school, he attended college on a scholarship, but wanting a career in the New York theater, he left college to play with a music combo in small nightclubs around the city. As was common with ethnic minorities during this era, he changed his Italian name selecting the name from the phone book, picking the first one that sounded usable. After three mediocre recordings, his career bloomed in 1958 when he released his unique Rock & Roll song, “Splish Splash,” which became an instant hit, selling more than a million copies. He had co-authored the song. He had signed with Atlantic Records after the three recordings with Decca Records did not produce success, but left Atlantic for Capitol Records in 1962. In 1958 he recorded “Dream Lover,” a song that would become a multi-million seller. In 1959 Darin's next recording, “Mack the Knife” relied heavily on the stylized vocal inflections developed by Frank Sinatra. The recordings sold two million copies and stayed at the top of the Top Ten chart for months. “Mack the Knife” received two Grammy Awards, one for the Record of the Year and Darin was voted Best New Artist. In 1960 he recorded “Beyond the Sea.” Darin made several movies, beginning in 1960 with “Come September.” In this movie he co-starred with Sandra Dee, who he would marry, have a son and divorce in 1967. He received an Oscar nomination for his work in the 1963 film, “Captain Newman M.D. He appeared in another eight more films including “State Fair” in 1962. In 1968, he discovered that his sister Nina was actually his biological mother, making his mother his actual grandmother. The public was never told his biological father's name. The painful revelation altered him for the rest of his life. He died during open-heart surgery replacing a faulty heart valve. He was elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2004 actor Kevin Spacey starred in the role of Bobby Darin in the feature film biography “Beyond the Sea.”

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 8 Dec 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4134
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bobby Darin (14 May 1936–20 Dec 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4134, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Donated to medical science, who reports a Donated to the UCLA Medical School.