Saturday, May 14, 2016

Happy 80th Birthday, Bobby Darin!

Happy birthday, dearest Bobby.  How I wish you were still with us to celebrate this big day yourself.

Bobby Darin
May 14, 1936 to Dec. 20, 1973

I mentioned at the beginning of the week that I've loved Bobby Darin and his music since I was seventeen.  I dug out my journal from that era, and I thought I'd share the first three places that I mentioned him.

Friday, 5-30-97
Tonight we watched a great movie called Gunfight in Abilene.  You know, not only was Bobby Darin a good singer, but he was also a good actor.  Made a great gunfighter.
Monday, 7-7-97
After breakfast Mom, John, and I took the trash to the dump.  On the way we heard Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" on the radio!
Tuesday, 7-8-97
I got a Bobby Darin tape at Media Play.  "Mack the Knife" is soooo awesome!  It's a live recording from a concert, and is way kool.  The rest of the songs are good too.

Nine sentences.  No idea that, nineteen years later, I'd own nearly forty CDs of his music, not to mention quite a few of his movies, and be dedicating my blog to him for a whole week.  (Blogs didn't exist back then, anyway, but whatever.)

I salute my seventeen-year-old self, who may have had odd hair and a lot of questions about where life would take me, but who definitely knew a good thing when I saw and heard it.

Me at 17

I hope you've enjoyed this week of Bobby Darin wonderfulness.  There's so much more that I could share, but for now, I'll leave you with the song he often used to close his live performances.


  1. You know, I feel like I learned a lot this week. I barely knew anything about Bobby Darin before . . . and now I rather like his voice! Especially "Don't Rain On My Parade" and "Somewhere."

    I love that photo of you! Actually, it looks a surprising lot like myself when I was a teenager, which is funny but nice :-)

    1. Jessica, I'm so glad you enjoyed these posts and have learned to appreciate Bobby Darin through them! That's exactly what I was hoping to do: introduce his music and movies to people who didn't know much about him before.

      How nifty that you looked something like me when you were a teen too! I still have the long, brown hair, but I started growing out my bangs shortly after this portrait session and have never had them again...

    2. I also had bangs until I was about nineteen, when I (somewhat abruptly) decided to grow them out. And I've also got the long, brown hair--waist-length, actually. Takes a LONG time to brush out every morning :-) But I wear it in pinned-up braids so it doesn't get in my way.

    3. Hee! What a coincidence.

      I brush mine every night, before I braid it for sleeping, but it doesn't usually take that long to brush because I wear it braided most of the time during the day too, just one braid down my back. Unless I'm going somewhere and have time to do something more interesting like... a ponytail. Heh. Or just leave it loose, which is Cowboy's favorite.

    4. I braid mine for sleeping too--but somehow it STILL gets tangled, haha. I guess because there's a lot of it, but it's also kind of light and "fluffy" and so it tangles easily. I shudder to think what would happen if I tried sleeping with it loose :-)

    5. Mine's not particularly fluffy, so that helps. It's got a bit of a wave to it, though, and I've always wondered if I cut it, would it be curly? Some day I may find out, we'll see.

      Yeah, sleeping with loose hair is dangerous.


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