Thursday, May 12, 2016

My Favorite Bobby Darin Songs -- Part Two

Time to share my top 5 favorite Bobby Darin songs.  This list has changed over the years, and will doubtless change again as I discover songs of his that I hadn't heard before (and yes, there are still some of those out there --  he recorded about 500 songs, many of which were never released at all in his lifetime, and some of which are still not out on CD or mp3).  One thing hasn't changed, though -- I love his "Mack the Knife" best of all.  In fact, it's my favorite song by any recording artist.

5.  "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" is from his second album, "That's All," the album that made him a household name.  Like he did so often, Bobby took a love song and sang it brash and bold instead.  The result?  Electrifying!

4.  "Feeling Good" is a much more recent favorite of mine -- I heard it for the first time a couple of years ago, and it's just plain fun.

3.  "Happy" is the love song from the Billie Holliday biopic Lady Sings the Blues (1972).  It's the last big single Bobby released before he died.  It's tender and haunting and hopeful, and makes me cry oftener than any of his other songs, but in a good way.  Honestly, if you're going to listen to just one song in this post, listen to this one.  But the ending drags on -- when the backup singers start singing, "Happy, I feel so happy, you make me happy" you can quit if you want, cuz Bobby doesn't sing anymore from there on out.

2.  "Don't Rain on My Parade" is kind of my anthem for life.  I like to listen to it when I need pepping up, or need to get my moxie on to do something I know will be tough.

1.  "Mack the Knife" is from the same album as "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," and it was Bobby's biggest hit.  It set a record for staying at #1 the most weeks on the Billboard charts at that time, and has been the song people most associate with him ever since.  Here's that classic recording:

And as a bonus, here he is singing it on TV in 1959, twenty-three years old and on top of the world:

Like the title of his star-making album says... That's All :-)


  1. Ever notice how one could be absolutely exhausted and literally perk right up once, "Mack the Knife" comes on? Have completed many a daunting task to this one! Love it!

  2. WOW!!! That version of "Don't Rain On My Parade" is AWESOME!! I love how much energy and passion it has, and yet you can still understand every word clearly--he doesn't blur anything. And he's got a great voice, too :-)

    1. Jessica, thanks! Yeah, he articulates very clearly, and I'm always astounded at how long he can hold notes, especially "closed" notes, aka consonants at the ends of lines. Glad you dug it!


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