I rate "Dream Lover" as the #26 summer song of all time.
Darin wrote "Dream Lover" and it peaked at #2 in June, 1959. It was kept out of #1 by "The Battle Of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton but Darin got the last laugh. When the top songs of 1959 were ranked, Horton's song was #2 for the year. At #1 for 1959 was Bobby Darin's "Mack The Knife." Meanwhile, the popularity of "Dream Lover" wasn't lost on Rick Nelson, who recorded his version of the song around 1977…
I can still remember playing around with the pool table in the basement of my house in Mentor, Ohio, while "American Bandstand" was airing on an old black and white television--and there was Dick Clark welcoming and interviewing this then-unknown singer named Bobby Darin in 1958. Darin sang his breakthrough hit that he wrote in 10 minutes, "Splish Splash." Darin went on to have over 40 hits, including 22 Top 40's and 10 Top 10's. "Mack The Knife" was his only #1.
Born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936, he took his stage name from a phone book. He got his first national TV appearance not on Bandstand, but the Tommy Dorsey Show in 1956. Darin won the very first Best New Artist Grammy for 1958 and was married to actress Sandra Dee from 1960 to 1967. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in "Captain Newman, MD" in 1963.
Sadly, Bobby Darin's life was plagued by heart trouble as he was only 37 when he died on December 20, 1973. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990.
TOMORROW: THE SECOND LONGEST RUNNING #1 TV THEME SONG.
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