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Bobby Darin: A Life
 
 
Author
Michael Seth Starr.
Publisher Taylor  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.2 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781589791213
Pages/Publication Date 240/2004
Daedalus Item Code 12527
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Here the biographer of Joey Bishop, Art Carney, and Peter Sellers examines Bobby Darin's too-brief life from his boyhood in the Bronx, where he was born, through his rise as a musical sensation, interviewing close friends and relatives to provide a revealing portrait of the man.

"In this straightforward biography, New York Post entertainment columnist [Michael Seth] Starr relates the abbreviated life of singer and mid-century youth icon Darin (193673). Born Walden Robert Cassotto, Bobby was a sickly child eventually diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease. As Starr explains, Darin was propelled to stardom by the knowledge that his life would be short: by 22, he had worked his way out of the South Bronx and recorded his first hits, 'Splish, Splash' and 'Dream Lovers'; the following year he transformed his teeny-bopper image with the swinging, finger-snapping tune written by Kurt Weill and first popularized by Louis Armstrong, 'Mack the Knife.' He topped the song charts, appeared in movies (the first of which, Come September, starred his soon-to-be wife, Sandra Dee) and hosted his own variety show. He could be charming, arrogant and sometimes cruel: as a nightclub entertainer, he 'shattered [the Copa's] old attendance record held by Frank Sinatra'; as an embittered son he died leaving nothing to his immediate family.... Starr's solid biography offers colorful quotes from Darin's friends, family and music business associates."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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