Bobby Darin

D.O.B: May 14, 1936 |  The Bronx, New York, USA

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Walden Robert Cassotto, nicknamed Bobby, was born in The Bronx, New York, in 1936. Severe rheumatic fever as a child scarred his heart and led to an overprotected and pampered childhood.

Biography

Walden Robert Cassotto, nicknamed Bobby, was born in The Bronx, New York, in 1936. Severe rheumatic fever as a child scarred his heart and led to an overprotected and pampered childhood. He was the focal point of a family that fostered and encouraged his love of music. His music career started out with writing songs and taking demos around to different music producers. In 1958 he performed the song Splish, Splash on Dick Clarks New American Bandstand 1965 (1952). It was a huge hit and eventually would sell over one million copies. The next year was a big one - he won two Grammies, for Best Record (Mack the Knife) and Best New Artist. Mack the Knife stayed in the top ten for 52 weeks, nine of those at #1. This was Bobbys fourth gold record. His next goal was to make a movie, and that opportunity came in 1960 with the film Come September (1961), for which he also wrote the title song. The movie was filmed in Rome and thats where he met Sandra Dee. She was 16 years old and at the top of her career.