Bobby Rocks

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Although he's hardly the natural choice for a volume dedicated strictly to rock & roll waxings, Bobby Darin nonetheless holds up surprisingly well when his early career is separated from his supper-club peak and his folk-rocking later career. Bobby Rocks, one in an excellent series from Bear Family (which includes volumes on artists ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis to Sonny James), focuses on the late '50s and early '60s. During these years, Darin was first a struggling songwriter and Brill Building hang-about, then, later, a brief one-hit wonder when "Splish Splash" became yet another of the rock novelties that convinced all adults within earshot that music had hit a new ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although he's hardly the natural choice for a volume dedicated strictly to rock & roll waxings, Bobby Darin nonetheless holds up surprisingly well when his early career is separated from his supper-club peak and his folk-rocking later career. Bobby Rocks, one in an excellent series from Bear Family (which includes volumes on artists ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis to Sonny James), focuses on the late '50s and early '60s. During these years, Darin was first a struggling songwriter and Brill Building hang-about, then, later, a brief one-hit wonder when "Splish Splash" became yet another of the rock novelties that convinced all adults within earshot that music had hit a new low. His recording career had a rocky start, however, when during 1956 he briefly recorded for Decca. All that changed once Darin signed to Atco the following year and began recording with its famed triumvirate -- Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, and Tom Dowd -- and magic inevitably began to happen. Darin proved himself not just an agile songwriter with an eye on the charts, but also an energetic R&B singer. (His love of Ray Charles made him one of the hippest white pop singers in New York.) That Brill Building pedigree may have also resulted in an inordinate number of takeoffs on R&B hits of the day, but Darin's new songs were quite good -- and far from the usual method of undercutting the originals as other pop singers had. "Splish Splash" is naturally still one of the most smoking novelty hits of its day, and his "Mighty Mighty Man" is a revelation, rivaling the Southern blue-eyed soul then being produced by Elvis Presley and Charlie Rich. Bobby Rocks may focus strictly on a short period when Darin was known for one novelty hit, but it reveals that Darin was an artist even before he put on his suit and started hitting the supper clubs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127163103
  • Catalog Number: 16310
  • Sales rank: 321,643

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bullmoose (2:29)
  2. 2 Splish Splash (2:13)
  3. 3 Mighty Mighty Man (1:40)
  4. 4 Judy, Don't Be Moody (2:18)
  5. 5 I Want You with Me (2:25)
  6. 6 Pretty Betty (1:45)
  7. 7 Early in the Morning (2:16)
  8. 8 Plain Jane (1:55)
  9. 9 Queen of the Hop (2:13)
  10. 10 I Ain't Sharin' Sharon (2:13)
  11. 11 Wear My Ring (1:53)
  12. 12 Pity Miss Kitty (2:07)
  13. 13 I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store) (2:03)
  14. 14 You Know How (2:06)
  15. 15 Dream Lover (2:33)
  16. 16 Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name (1:56)
  17. 17 Now We're One (2:14)
  18. 18 Keep a Walkin' (1:58)
  19. 19 Don't Call My Name (2:02)
  20. 20 All the Way Home (1:54)
  21. 21 Brand New House (2:33)
  22. 22 She's Tanfastic (2:16)
  23. 23 Oo-Ee Train (2:07)
  24. 24 Multiplication (2:17)
  25. 25 You're Mine (2:08)
  26. 26 Sorrow Tomorrow (2:38)
  27. 27 Bullmoose (2:30)
  28. 28 Ruby Baby (2:17)
  29. 29 Since You've Been Gone (2:27)
  30. 30 Rock Island Line (2:56)
  31. 31 Silly Willie (2:29)
  32. 32 Queen of the Hop (2:51)
  33. 33 Splish Splash (2:06)
  34. 34 Plain Jane (2:10)
  35. 35 Clementine (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Darin Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Hank Garland Guitar
Neil Sedaka Piano
The Jordanaires Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Frank Capp Drums
Dave Pell Saxophone
Ronnie Lang Saxophone
Lou Levy Piano
Buddy Bregman Leader
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Felix Slatkin Violin
Nino Tempo Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Larry Bunker Percussion
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Harold Diner Trombone
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Ernie Freeman Piano
David Frisina Violin
Benny Gill Violin
William Green Saxophone
Howard Roberts Guitar
Anatol Kaminsky Violin
Millie Kirkham Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Robert Ostrowsky Viola
William R. Perkins Saxophone
Walter Raim Conductor
Frank Rosolino Trombone
John Rotella Saxophone
Ray Siegel Bass
Carlos Vidal Percussion
Torrie Zito Leader
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Farris Coursey Drums
Phil Sobel Saxophone
Thomas J. Tedesco Guitar
Sam Freed Violin
Joe Stepansky Violin
Marvin H. Hughes Piano, Leader
Jack Pleis & His Orchestra Track Performer
John Anderson Trumpet
Joseph G. Joe Comfort Bass
Francis L. "Joe" Howard Trombone
Ronnie Zito Drums
Clifford E. "Bud" Shank Saxophone
Milton G. Bernhart Trombone
Bernard Kessel Guitar
Oliver E. "Ollie" Mitchell Trumpet
Donald R. "Ritchie" Frost Drums
Emil "Richards" Radocchia Percussion
Robert Cooper and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir Saxophone
Jimmy Haskell Conductor, Leader
George Martimore Roberts Trombone
Charles T. Gentry Saxophone
Jaybirds Track Performer
John Jesse Sailes Drums
Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Lonnie Donegan Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Woody Harris Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Tom Dowd Engineer
Jim Economides Producer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Todd Everett Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Howard Greenfield Composer
Belford Hendricks Composer
Dick Jacobs Arranger, Producer
Don Kirshner Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Cynthia Young Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Howard Cockburn Reissue Producer
Marvin H. Hughes Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Discographical Information
Rudy Clark Arranger, Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Donald Wolf Composer
Russ Wapensky Discographical Information
Sven T. Uhrmann Photo Restoration
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Murray "The K" Kaufman Composer
Jimmy Haskell Arranger
Marcus Heumann Mastering
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