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Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin
Personal information
Birth nameWalden Robert Cassotto
BornMay 14, 1936 The Bronx, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 20, 1973(age 37) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresBig band, rock and roll, pop, folk
OccupationMusician, singer-songwriter, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, xylophone
Years active1956 1973
LabelsDecca, Atco, Capitol, Brunswick, Atlantic, Motown
Spouse-Sandra Dee-1960-1967

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Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936 December 20, 1973), born Walden Robert Cassotto, was an American singer, actor and musician.

Darin performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk and country. Although unknown to the public, his health was dangerously fragile and strongly motivated him to succeed within the limited lifetime he feared he would, and ultimately did, have.

In 1960 after romancing singer Connie Francis, and being run out of the house by her strict Italian father, with a shotgun, breaking her heart, Darin married "Gidget" actress Sandra Dee, whom he met while making his first film Come September (1961). They made a few more movies together at Universal Studios that were moderately successful. They had one son, Dodd Mitchell Darin (also known as Morgan Mitchell Darin) before divorcing in 1967.

He was also an actor, singer/songwriter and music business entrepreneur. His wish for a legacy was "to be remembered as a human being and as a great performer." Among his many other contributions, he became a goodwill ambassador for the American Heart Association.

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