When Bobby Darin released That's All
in 1959, he was already famous in the teen market--first as a rock & roll singer-songwriter ("Splish Splash," "Queen of the Hop"), then later as a teen idol (for his gorgeous "Dream Lover"). When he decided to release an album of pop standards aimed at the adult market, however, his label and even teen kingpin Dick Clark told him he was nuts. But Darin, who had a short life expectancy and swore to be "a legend by 25," prevailed. Radio picked up on his Vegas big band take on Bertolt Brecht's "Mack the Knife" and it became one of the biggest hits of the century. Its follow-up, "Beyond the Sea," did nearly as well. Suddenly, Darin was no longer competing with Chubby Checker
and Bobby Rydell
, but with Frank Sinatra
. In fact, Darin was the only performer Sammy Davis Jr.
refused to follow onstage. You could call this lounge music at its best--but that's faint praise. Simply call it Darin at his best. --Bill Holdship
His Top Ten 1959 Atco album, featuring one classic cut ( Mack the Knife; Beyond the Sea ) after another!