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Bobby Darin by Bobby Darin
Released: Sep 1958
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Bobby Darin may be wearing a cardigan on the cover of his 1958 debut album but this is about as far away from Pat Boone or Perry Como as you could get. An Elvis-style rock 'n' roll album, it features the single "Splish Splash," which went to No. 3 on the pop charts and actually topped the R&B charts. The LP's success led the ever-restless Darin to remodel himself as a Sinatra-style swinger and he'd get even bigger with "Mack the Knife." While the man had talent for every pop genre he tackled, rockabilly fans hold these early Darin sessions close to their greasy, leather-bound hearts.
Nick Dedina