Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin


5/14/1936, The Bronx, New York, USA



Birth Name

Walden Robert Cassotto



Also Known As

Robert Darin
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Bobby Darin was born May 14, 1936 in The Bronx, New York. Bobby was under the impression that his mother was his sister and his grandmother was his mother for thirty two years. While living in this lie he suffered from rheumatic fever. A sickness that attacks the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bobby Darin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

    • In 1968, Bobby found out that his mother was actually his sister.

    • "Dream Lover" was released in March, 1959.

    • Bobby Darin signed a one year contract with Atlantic Records and recorded with their subsidiary Atco.

    • In 1956 Bobby Darin's personal manager got him a one year contract with Decca Records.

    • Bobby Darin went to Hunter College on a scholarship for only one year.

    • Bobby Darin attended Bronx High school of science.

    • Bobby Darin's mother (Nina) said this about Bobby before she died and after Bobby found out that she was his mother. "He didn't stop loving me, and he didn't love me more. He loved me as he always had. He didn't except me as his moter, yet he told his closest friends. So he obviously wasn't ashamed. But he never acknowledged it publicly. He never sent flowers on Mother's Day as he did with Polly".

    • Bobby Darin recorded "Early in the Morning" without telling anyone at Acto.

    • Towards the end of Bobby's life he took his son Dodd to a bike shop to buy him a bike. But when he got in he forgot why he was there and bought himself one instead. Then left his son on the corner.

    • At one point when Bobby Darin was really sick he decided that if he chanted the age that he wanted to live to then he would cheat death. He picked the number 64.

    • In April Bobby Darin got very ill. He spent six weeks in the hospital and doctors discovered that he had septicemia, blood poisoning, the result of bacteria shooting through his system after his dental work months before.

    • NBC canceled The Bobby Darin show April 27,1973.

    • Bobby Darin Celebrated his twenty-sixth birthday at the Cloisters.

    • When Bobby Darin met Sandra Dee he was twenty four and she was sixteen. They were married three months after they met.

    • Bobby Darin said music was his way out of the ghetto.

    • If Bobby Darin could have picked a father it would have been George Burns. George Burns said the same only Bobby was too young.

    • Bobby Darin never learned the identity of his real father.

    • Bobby Darin had his first taste of big success with Atlantic Records and he had his most significant label relationship with them.

    • Bobby Darin had heart surgery twice before he died.

    • Bobby Darin started the "Bobby Darin Show" and died in the same year.

    • Bobby told Sandra that he wanted a divorce over the telephone. He said "I just don't want to be married anymore".

    • Bobby Darin was the one who wanted to be divorced from Sandra Dee.

    • In February 1963 Bobby Darin bought New York based Trinity Music from his past managers, Ed Burton and Joe Csida, for a half a million dollars, and with this purchase Bobby became a music publisher with a portfolio.

    • In 1959 Bobby Darin got a call from his "sister" Nina. Polly his (grandmother) had died from a stroke.

    • The song "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin was number two in the charts and was his third gold record.

    • Bobby Darin first met his bride-to-be (Sandra Dee) when he wrote the music for the tittle song of the movie called "Come September" starring Sandra Dee.

    • Bobby Darin considers Steve Blauner ( one of his managers) his brother.

    • Bobby Darin didn't even sing in the Eddie O'Casio band. He played the drums.

    • The first band Bobby Darin was in was the Eddie O'Casio Band.

    • Sudden disappearances were a trait for Bobby Darin throughout his life.

    • Bobby Darin's son Dodd Darin was only twelve years old when his father died.

    • Bobby Darin was once in love with a young women named Connie Francis before he fell in love with and married Sandra Dee.

    • In 1962, Bobby was nominated for the Golden Laurel for Top Male New Personality, he made 5th place.

    • In 1964, Bobby was nominated 4th place for the Golden Laurel for Top Male Supporting Performance for: Captain Newman, M.D. (1963).

    • In 1962, Bobby won the Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Male.

    • In 1964, Bobby was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor
      for: Captain Newman, M.D. (1963).

    • In 1966, Bobby was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for: That Funny Feeling (1965), the song had the same title.

    • In 1964, Bobby was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
      for: Captain Newman, M.D. (1963).

    • Bobby's first hit single, "Splish, Splash" sold over one million copies in 1958.

    • In 1958, Bobby performed the song "Splish, Splash" on Dick Clark's Bandstand (1952), which turned in to his very first hit single.

    • Bobby initially didn't start his career as a singer, he was primarily a songwriter.

    • Bobby suffered a severe case of rheumatic fever as a child, as a result, it scarred his heart weakening it greatly.

    • When Bobby was still a struggling songwriter at the now famous Brill Building he met then up and coming singer Connie Francis. After a rocky beginning, the two hit it off and were soon madly in love. He had wanted to marry Connie but her over-protective father wouldn't let her date anyone, let alone marry. When Darin suggested the two elope, he was soon chased from one of her shows by her father with a gun. The two only saw one another twice since that incident. Once was during a television appearance in which the two sang together and the other was during the filming of This Is Your Life (1952) centered on Connie in which the announcer had congratulated Bobby on his recent marriage to actress Sandra Dee. Connie has stated several times that not marrying Bobby was one of the biggest mistakes she has ever made in her life.

    • Bobby did not find out until the age of 32 that the woman he thought to be his sister was in fact his mother and and the woman he thought was his deceased mother was in fact his grandmother. This was listed in VH1's 100 Most Shocking Moments of Rock & Roll History

    • Bobby was of Italian-American heritage.

    • Bobby Darin: Conceit is thinking you're great; egotism is knowing it.

    • Bobby once recorded with legendary Nashville guitarist Hank Garland.

    • Bobby attended the Bronx High School of Science.

    • Bobby was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the film Beyond the Sea (2004).

    • Bobby lost his hair in his early 20s and wore a toupee thereafter.

    • Bobby was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

    • Rather than internment, Bobby wished for his body to be donated to the UCLA Medical Center.

    • Bobby had one child, a son, Dodd Mitchell Cassotto (aka Dodd Darin), with Sandra Dee.

    • Bobby was married twice over the course of his lifetime. First to teen star Sandra Dee, they married in 1960 and divorced in 1967. In June of 1973 Bobby married Andrea Joy Yeager, they were together up until his death later that year.

    • Bobby was approximately 5' 9" (1.75 m).

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