Bobby Darin

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Bobby Darin
Darin in 1959
Darin in 1959
Background information
Birth nameWalden Robert Cassotto
Born(1936-05-14)May 14, 1936
The Bronx, New York City
New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 20, 1973(1973-12-20) (aged 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresJazz, blues, rock, swing
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, xylophone
Years active1956–1973
LabelsDecca, Atco, Capitol, Brunswick, Atlantic, Motown

Walden Robert Cassotto (May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973), better known as Bobby Darin, was an American pop singer, most famous during the 1950s. His hits included "Mack the Knife", "Dream Lover", "If I Were a Carpenter", "Splish Splash", and "Beyond the Sea". He also helped Wayne Newton begin his musical career.

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Allen Klein, an accountant who became an artist manager, first came to public attention when he audited Darin's royalty payments, and discovered Darin had been underpaid. His record company paid up, and Darin split the money with Klein.

Darin was married to actress Sandra Dee from 1960 to 1967. They had a son, named Dodd. Darin died late in 1973 after heart surgery.

In 2004, a movie, Beyond the Sea, was made about Darin's life and career. Actor Kevin Spacey, a longtime Darin fan, produced and starred in the movie, with Kate Bosworth as Sandra Dee.

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