Me and Bobby D.: A Memoir

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(Book). Me and Bobby D. is the exciting coming-of-age story of two teenage boys from the Bronx Steve Karmen and Walden Robert Cassotto who meet in high school, play in the same band, and then form a singing act. The year is 1956, at the dawn of rock and roll, a crossroad in the entertainment business rarely written about. Cassotto changes his name to Bobby Darin, makes his first recording, and he and Karmen are booked on the road for their first job ever as entertainers into Club Temptation, a seedy nightclub in suburban Detroit. This is Bobby

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Overview

(Book). Me and Bobby D. is the exciting coming-of-age story of two teenage boys from the Bronx Steve Karmen and Walden Robert Cassotto who meet in high school, play in the same band, and then form a singing act. The year is 1956, at the dawn of rock and roll, a crossroad in the entertainment business rarely written about. Cassotto changes his name to Bobby Darin, makes his first recording, and he and Karmen are booked on the road for their first job ever as entertainers into Club Temptation, a seedy nightclub in suburban Detroit. This is Bobby Darin before "Splish Splash," "Mack, The Knife," "Beyond the Sea" and "Dream Lover"; and Steve Karmen before composing "I Love New York," "This Bud's for You," "Hershey Is the Great American Chocolate Bar" and "Nationwide Is on Your Side." What happens to them during the two-week engagement will alter their friendship, and change both of their lives forever. Steve Karmen has been a composer/lyricist/arranger/producer of advertising music for over 30 years. In addition to the above-mentioned themes, some of his most memorable compositions are: "Here Comes the King (The Budweiser Clydesdale Theme)," "Hertz, We're America's Wheels," "Weekends Were Made for Michelob," "Sooner or Later, You'll Own Generals," "Quality Is Job One Ford," "We Build Excitement Pontiac" and "At the Nevele." He is the recipient of 16 CLIO Awards, the "Oscar" of the advertising industry; the author of Through the Jingle Jungle , the accepted textbook about the industry, published by Billboard Books; and The Jingle Man , a collection of 152 of his jingles, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. Karmen lives in Westchester, NY.

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In 1956, an Italian and a Jew from the Bronx meet in high school and formed a band and then a duo act. They go on the road, appear for two weeks in Detroit, and break up. The Italian, Bobby Darin (n Walden Robert Cassotto), becomes the first star to bridge rock, pop, and big band music successfully, while the Jew, Karmen, goes on to compose such jingles as "You Deserve a Break Today," "I Love New York," and "Nationwide Is on Your Side." So goes Karmen's fascinating memoir of his association with Darin. He focuses on those pivotal two weeks in Detroit, where the pair were thrust into the world of mobsters, strippers, dancers, vaudeville comics, and sex, sex, and more sex. A memoir of the emergence of a major talent of the early rock'n'roll era and the coming of age of a major composer of advertising jingles, this book exposes the highs and lows, as well as the loneliness and raunchiness, of life on the road; it is a kiss-and-tell-type book but also a touching story of a friendship that disintegrated and was only rarely rekindled between 1956 and Darin's death in 1973. Karmen writes in a punchy style and has created a real page-turner. Recommended for all public libraries.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780634080265
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Thank You! vii
Tuning Up ix
Overture xi
Part 1 New York, April 1956
Chapter 1 "Wanna be in a band?" 3
Chapter 2 "The phone call" 27
Chapter 3 "Sounds like a dive to me" 41
Chapter 4 "You can count on me, George" 51
Part 2 Detroit, 1956
Chapter 5 "Who did your book?" 69
Chapter 6 "I run a tight show" 97
Chapter 7 "Maybe it's because it's Monday" 103
Chapter 8 "Strumming as hard as I could" 113
Chapter 9 "They never saw anything like us" 127
Chapter 10 "Counting ceiling cracks" 151
Chapter 11 "In the system" 161
Chapter 12 "Insky like Flynnsky" 175
Chapter 13 "Hope I didn't wake you" 189
Chapter 14 "I'm not your father, I'm your manager" 201
Chapter 15 "Leftover hangover" 217
Chapter 16 "At the hop" 225
Chapter 17 "Just along for the ride" 237
Chapter 18 "Instant voltage" 251
Chapter 19 "A sign of less to come" 255
Chapter 20 "Jailbait from McPhearson" 265
Part 3 Detroit, the Second Week
Chapter 21 "The warning" 279
Chapter 22 "Elvis is in the building" 293
Chapter 23 "Part of the band" 305
Chapter 24 "Bobby'll be a little late" 319
Chapter 25 "Desperate on a dare" 331
Chapter 26 "One time for me" 339
Chapter 27 "Will I ever see you again?" 347
Chapter 28 "Message from Garcia" 357
Chapter 29 "Home" 373
Part 4 New York City, 1956-1972
Chapter 30 "Dark days" 381
Chapter 31 "Another phone call" 403
Chapter 32 "Reunion in Vegas" 421
Final Bows 431
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